Indiana Softball Conducts Successful Open Practice
Jan. 27, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - More than 80 softball fans turned out to see an open practice by Indiana's softball team at Mellencamp Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 27.
The Hoosiers' practice featured hitting and fielding drills and a short scrimmage with live pitching. After the practice, players were available to sign autographs for the fans in attendance.
"I thought that was a great practice," head coach Stacey Phillips said. "It was great to have everyone out in a game situation to kind of see where we're at. It's so much better to be okay right now and strive for greatness than to have had a below-par day today and start there to get to good. So, I really think that we're okay right now."
In addition to giving the community its first look at the 2007 edition of the Hoosiers, the scrimmage provided the team with the game-day atmosphere it doesn't get in a regular practice.
"The players came and were really excited," Phillips said. "We talked to them a lot about game day and what game day should feel like, and I think they got a little bit of a sense of what game day should feel like today. Obviously, having 80 people here watching with the open practice, that helped a ton. For them, seeing how people care about Indiana softball is a really big deal. They had a good time, and I think we got a lot accomplished today to see where we're at."
Indiana opens the season on the road at the University of Houston Tournament, Feb. 16-18. The Hoosiers will take on Centenary in the season opener at 9 a.m. CT. Fans can follow IU all season long on IUHOOSIERS.com.
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