LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With their first round game against LSU just days away, the McNeese State softball team probably won't be intimidated.
On the other side of the coin, McNeese will not sneak up on the Tigers either.
These two teams split their two-game season series in 2010. The Tigers took the first of the two games in Lake Charles back on March 31st. But then on April 21st, the Cowgirls went into Baton Rouge and pulled off the upset.
McNeese head coach Natalie Poole says her team believes they can pull off the upset once again.
"All that they need is confidence," Poole said. "I don't want it to come down to a lack of as the reason why we don't win. If we get outplayed, then we get outplayed but not because we don't believe that we can do it. They do believe that they can do it which is a great start for us."
LSU head coach Yvette Girouard believes her team can be very tough to beat, as long as they're playing at their best.
"This team, I've said it more than once, we're a very dangerous team," Girouard said. "If we play the kind of game that we're capable of playing, then we're very, very good. We're like a lot of teams. If we don't show up and we're flat then anybody can get beat in a game like this."
"We're going to go out there with a lot of excitement and a lot of passion," Poole said. "Skill wise, we feel like we can compete which is a tremendous thing to have right now."
As for why she believes so much in her team, Poole says it's all about the Cowgirls' attitude.
"I just think that they love the game," Poole said. "I really do. I believe that they're passionate about it. I believe that they're not satisfied. They are disciplined girls and they love the game. We just try to continue to create the vision at practice and what we want and try to keep them focused on that. And keep them as positive as possible, even when we've struggled. We've been able to come out on the top end which is great."
McNeese and LSU will play in the second game of the day on Friday, May 21st. First pitch is at 6pm. Texas A&M and UL-Lafayette will play in the first game at 3:30pm. Both games will be played at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, LA.