Bloomington, Ind. - Two weeks into the school year, fall practices officially begin for the Indiana University baseball team on Monday, Sept. 16. Head coach Bob Morgan returns 16 letterwinners, eight starters and six pitchers from a team that made the Big Ten Tournament and finished with a 35-20 record.
We are looking forward to getting started on Monday (Sept. 16), Bob Morgan, who is entering his 20th season as the Hoosiers head coach, said. Were excited about our five-week fall season. It will give us a chance to look at our new recruits and see how our veterans have improved from last year. Well be trying to get a good handle on the team. We hope to get some good coaching and teaching in during the fall practices, to find out where we stand.
Most Hoosier players used competitive summer leagues to improve their skills. Once school started on Sept. 2, the baseball team went back to work.
Weight-lifting and conditioning has gone well these last two weeks, Morgan said Weve also been going through individual workouts in preparation for the fall.
IU players see fall practice as a productive time to improve and begin to fit the pieces of the team together through daily training sessions and intrasquad scrimmages.
We had a good season last year and made a lot of progress, sophomore infielder Jay Brant. We have a lot of guys returning and I think weve got a good chance to build on what we did last year and take it further.
Fall practice is hard work and its a good chance to see what everyones got, senior pitcher Jacob Cary said. The players and the coaches use it as a time to evaluate and see where everyone fits.