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Fresh Start: Cajuns excited to finally start playing again

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After a tumultuous off-season for Louisiana Softball, the Cajuns open the year Thursday offering the team a new beginning it desperately wants.

A 'fresh start' was clear theme when the team met with reporters on Media Day Tuesday, just about 48-hours from the start of the Gerry Glasco era.

During the preseason, the team held 12 scrimmages, keeping overall stats to narrow down the best lineups. And while the Cajuns are looking forward to playing some outside competition for a change, the biggest focus in this opening weekend will be self improvement.

"(We're focusing) more on ourselves," said head coach Gerry Glasco. You can see his full interview below. "Although we've printed out all the preseason write-ups. It's very limited this time of year. Your focus is defiantly 80 percent on your team and 20 percent on the opponent."

"One of the sayings we have this year is one percent," said senior pitcher Kylie Jo Trahan. "Come back everyday one percent better and I think for younger kids, and even some of the older ones, it makes us compete and makes it more fun."

The opening day opponent Thursday is Samford, with first pitch around 5 o'clock a Lamson Park. The team also plays Eastern Illinois, Evansville, Iowa and Illinois-Chicago during the four day Mardi Gras Classic in Lafayette this week. See Seth Lewis's full report above, and coach Glasco's full press conference below.

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