Preseason Practice Begins for Georgia Southern Baseball
Overall, head coach Rodney Hennon was pleased with the team’s performance. “We had a lot of energy for the opening day of practice and I was pleased with the start,” stated Hennon. “From a pitching standpoint, we threw strikes and played solid defense behind the mound. It was a pretty clean scrimmage and I was pleased with the effort and energy from the team.”
The first practice also marked the return of senior leadership for the 13 newcomers. “It’s good to have a guy like Roman Grimaldi – who was out most of the fall - back and healthy,” Hennon said. “It was nice to have him back and add some senior leadership to the team.”
Scheduled to return to the field the following day, inclement weather forced the Eagles to postpone practice until Sunday. Sunday’s seven inning scrimmage gave six different pitchers opportunities to face live hitting as they prepare for the season.
Both scrimmages gave Hennon and his staff a better assessment of the team heading into competition. “Looking at those first two scrimmages we see areas that need improvement before opening day on February 19th – but that’s why we are here, to address these areas early.”
The team returns to intra-squad scrimmages this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Hennon and his staff will use relievers in simulated game situations and increase the pitch count of starters. Fans are welcome to attend the scrimmages at J.I. Clements stadium. Friday’s (Feb. 5) scrimmage will begin at 3:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday’s beginning at 2 p.m.
The Georgia Southern Eagles open the 2010 baseball season on February 19th, as they take on Tennessee Tech at J.I. Clements Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
- Category: Baseball
- Published on Tuesday, 02 February 2010 13:13