State opens soft­ball prac­tice

Starkville Daily News - - SCORECARD -

Re­turn­ing from fall break, Mis­sis­sippi State soft­ball be­gan team prac­tice with a chal­leng­ing three-hour work­out inside Nusz Park.

Un­der di­rec­tion of head coach Vann Stuede­man, the Bull­dogs be­gan prac­tice with in­di­vid­ual out­field and in­field drills be­fore tran­si­tion­ing into re­lays and base run­ning.

“It's fun to come back and see the re­turn­ers pick up where they left off,” Stuede­man said. “That's al­ways a big plus. The key will be help­ing our new­com­ers and younger play­ers to grow up fast, which is one of the chal­lenges of the fall. We move at a faster pace, the balls are hit harder and the arms are stronger, so our new­com­ers need to think clearly deeper into prac­tice. We're hope­ful to get those things cor­rected as we move for­ward in the fall.”

State closed the open­ing work­out with hit­ting drills, fo­cus­ing on bunting and slap hit­ting.

Ten new­com­ers, in­clud­ing nine true fresh­men, took the field for Mis­sis­sippi State. The ros­ter also fea­tures 16 re­turn­ers for the 2017 squad that ad­vanced to the Salt Lake City Re­gional after post­ing a 36-22 record.

MSU be­gins its fall slate on Friday, Oct. 20 with a dou­ble­header against East Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege inside Nusz Park. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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