Softball Opens 2009 Season with First Practice
Jan. 12, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. – Monday afternoon marked the first practice for the 2009 Oregon State softball team, taking place in the Merritt Truax Indoor Center.
While it was mostly still more of an individual practice with each player working on different skills in small groups, the Beavers look forward to practices as the week goes on.
“It was really exciting to have everyone back together,” senior infielder Paige Lowe said. “Everyone is really eager to get the season started, and we’re going to practice outside tomorrow so everyone pumped. We’re all aware that our first game is less than a month away, so it was great motivation in our first practice of the season.”
With the rare winter sunshine appearing in Corvallis, the team will head outside to the OSU Softball Complex for the first time since the fall season tomorrow to continue preparing for a tough 2009. It gives the five new incoming players a chance to get a better feel of the home field and the rest of the players a chance to get reacquainted with the field.
“We have a lot of new talent this year,” Lowe said. “We have a lot of key freshmen this year and the sophomores are really stepping up. And overall, the whole team is working harder than we ever have before and putting in a lot of extra work.”
Oregon State opens up its season at the Cathedral City Kickoff in Cathedral City, Calif. The team’s first game is Friday, Feb. 6, against Southern Illinois at 3:00 p.m., before facing Wisconsin at 8:00 p.m. the same day.
For the whole 2009 schedule and more on the 2009 softball team, click here.
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