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Hunter Moody: Student Athlete Showcase on RaginCajuns.com

Hunter Moody
Courtesy: RaginCajuns.com           Release: 04/08/2008


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18 Hunter Moody
Senior | Left-Handed Pitcher
Clinton, La. (Silliman Institute)

On Saturday, April 5, senior left-handed pitcher Hunter Moody became the winningest pitcher in Ragin’ Cajuns baseball history, earning his 27th career victory in a 4-2 triumph at Middle Tennessee. Moody’s 27 wins rank seventh all-time in Sun Belt Conference history.

Moody on Making School History…

"I think it’s a pretty good accomplish. It’s an honor to be recognized with some of the top pitchers that have played here and have gone on to better things. As hard as I work, I couldn’t have done it without my teammates behind me.


What were you feeling when you stepped onto the mound Saturday?

I would have loved to have set the record at home, but I tried to block it out as best as I could. Saturday, I was just trying to pitch as well as I could since we lost the first game of the doubleheader.


You guys have won eight of your 11 games. What are you and your teammates focusing on for the rest of the season?

We need to try to win every series from here on out. All we can do is try to win every series in league play and prepare to host the Sun Belt Conference Championship in May.

What has been the greatest moment in your four-year career at UL?

I have enjoyed several great moments since coming to UL. The first two would be winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2005 and 2007. Participating at the NCAA Regional at Texas A&M last season was a lot of fun. And, then, I would have to say setting the school record Saturday at Middle Tennessee, too.

What will you take away from time here at UL?

I’ve had a great time here and I’ve learned a lot about no only game, but life experiences as well. Coach Robichaux doesn’t teach us just about baseball. He helps us with life after baseball and I hope that I will be prepared once I leave here.

What are your goals once the season is over?

Obviously, I’d love to play professional baseball. But, I graduate in May and if baseball doesn’t work out, then I hope to get a good job somewhere.

The story about how you ended up at UL is pretty interesting. Briefly talk about what happened.

The summer after my junior year in high school, my summer ball team was playing in Brusly against Notre Dame’s summer league team. I was pitching against Justin Robichaux, but I had no idea who he was or that his dad was Coach Robichaux. I had a pretty good game – I think I struck out 16 batters. Of course, Coach Robichaux was there and talked to me afterwards. Two weeks later, Coach Szefc starting calling me and I eventually came on a visit. I loved everything here and it felt like it was meant to be. I orginally had planned on playing for a JuCo in Mississippi since high school league my school (Silliman Institute) played in was mostly Mississippi schools, but UL just felt right.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Coach Robe teaches us to work hard at whatever you do and to give your best effort. If its worth doing, then its worth doing the right way.

What is the best advice you can give to the younger guys on the team?

Work hard everyday and take care of your business. Do everything you can in life and in baseball and be the best you can be.

In the world of sports, who is your role model?

Tiger Woods. It’s amazing to see the way he prepares for a tournament and how hard we works. His mental approach to the game helps him get an edge on his competition. I try to get a mental edge every game over my opponents.

In real life, who is your role model?

My parents – they are the reason I’m here. They’ve helped me out my entire life. They have taught me life lessons, do the right thing and never give up. They’ve been behind me 100 percent.