One Week Until Season Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Brittany Devitt
    Go Hoosiers!
    Brittany Devitt
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 30, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team is gearing up for the start of the 2009 season, which is now less than a week away. The Hoosiers will travel to the West Coast for the Stacy Winsberg Memorial tournament hosted by UCLA. They will play five games in the tournament, including two against teams ranked in the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Preseason poll (No. 4 UCLA and No. 25 San Diego State).

    The has been change in the originally listed schedule for tournament next weekend. Indiana will still play the University of the Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 7 but the start time has been moved to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. sat down with first year head coach Michelle Gardner to find out how practice has progressed to this point and what she will focus on as the first games gets closer and closer.

    On how practice has been to this point:
    "We don't have a whole lot of practice time in so far, or at least not as much as I would like. I feel like we are moving in the right direction and have been very pleased with practice so far. We've had some nagging injuries here and there that have hindered us a little bit but everyone seems to be coming around now and getting healthy and that makes a difference.

    "The thing that I like is that we have a facility that we can put together a lot of things and do things that some schools aren't able to do with our current weather situation. At the same time, it's still not the same as being outside on the dirt and grass. So we are preparing as much as we can for next weekend to be outside playing."

    On what the focus has been in practice to this point:
    "We spent a lot of time working on fundamentals in the Fall and I'm hoping that we didn't lose a whole lot of that between then and now. We have covered it again but at the same time we are trying to make practice as live as we possibly can because there is no replication for a live game. So trying to simulate a live game as best we can is one of our big focuses right now so we are as prepared as possible to be ready to out at UCLA next weekend.



    On when to start preparing for the other teams:
    "I think we just need to focus on what we can control and that is our team. We can't really worry about playing anyone else right now. We need to continue to work on our business and playing our game and putting together our approach, which is going to be our approach for most teams as we go throughout the year. Right now we want to go into each game and be competitive, play with energy and fundamentals. If we can take care of both of those things we will be the game more times than not and that's what I want. And we want to do more than just be in the game, we need to learn how to finish a game."


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