Mississippi State Opens Team Practices Ahead of Fall Slate

(Photo Credit: Kelly Price, MSU Athletic Communications)

For Immediate Release

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Returning from fall break, Mississippi State softball began team practice with a challenging
three-hour workout inside Nusz Park.

Under direction of head coach Vann Stuedeman, the Bulldogs began practice with individual outfield and infield drills before transitioning into relays and base running.

“It’s fun to come back and see the returners pick up where they left off,” Stuedeman said. “That’s always a big plus.

The key will be helping our newcomers and younger players to grow up fast, which is one of the challenges of the fall.

We move at a faster pace, the balls are hit harder and the arms are stronger, so our newcomers need to think clearly
deeper into practice. We’re hopeful to get those things corrected as we move forward in the fall.”

State closed the opening workout with hitting drills, focusing on bunting and slap hitting.

Ten newcomers, including nine true freshmen, took the field for Mississippi State. The roster also features 16
returners for the 2017 squad that advanced to the Salt Lake City Regional after posting a 36-22 record.

MSU begins its fall slate on Friday, Oct. 20 with a doubleheader against East Mississippi Community College inside Nusz Park. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m. CT.

For more information on Mississippi State softball, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by
searching for “HailStateSB.” You can also find all-access coverage of the program on SnapChat by searching for
“HailStateSnap.”

Source- Mississippi State Athletics

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