Baseball Begins Practice For The Upcoming Season
Jan. 30, 2014
EAST LANSING - The Michigan State baseball team has started official practice for the 2014 season, which begins Feb. 14 in Cary, N.C. The NCAA allowed teams to begin practice for the upcoming season last Friday.
"We have a good group of guys and I think the team chemistry is outstanding," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "We have very good leadership and guys are working hard. The young guys are getting a lot better. It is like I said the other day; it is a fun group to be around. They are working hard and we will be ready to go February 14."
The Spartans are currently splitting their practice time between their indoor hitting and pitching facility and the Duffy Daugherty Building.
"The first few days of practice have gone well," said senior Joel Fisher. "Everyone is prepared - it's exciting to get back going and see everyone full speed."
The Spartans' 56-game schedule this season includes five opponents that took part in last season's NCAA Tournament, including three that advanced to the College World Series. MSU will open the season Feb. 14 in Cary, N.C., and it will play its first of 21 home games on March 21 when it opens Big Ten play with Ohio State.
The Spartans will face Monmouth (Feb. 14), UMass-Lowell (Feb. 15), Wright State (Feb. 15) and Canisius (Feb. 16) on opening weekend in Cary, N.C.
Michigan State is coming off their fourth consecutive 30-plus win season as the Spartans posted a 33-17 record in 2013. MSU was 12-9 in conference play, finishing seventh and narrowly missing the Big Ten Tournament.
"During fall ball, I really think we still had a chip on our shoulder and a bitter taste in our mouth from the way last season ended," said Boss. "That was a point of emphasis in the fall along with just doing the little things a little bit better. We needed to look at where we could have gotten an extra win here or there and how we could have continued to play in the postseason."
Missing out on the postseason certainly serves as a strong motivator for the months ahead. But as Fisher knows, it's the constant improvement throughout the long season that will help get the Spartans back to where they can reach their objectives.
"The goal is to get a little better every day. As long as we are better than the day before, we are on the right track," said Fisher. "Obviously we have to be ready in two and a half weeks, not now. We aren't ready yet, but we are getting better every day and that's what matters right now."
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