NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball opened up practice for the 2016 season on Wednesday evening. With temperatures in the 30’s, the Tigers took to the field in the Athletic Indoor Facility.
Second year head coach Tom Opdenbrouw used the first day to build endurance with a heavy emphasis of conditioning. The pitchers began the workout before joining the rest of the squad in speed work and base running drills.
The evening continued with a light session of infield and outfield drill work, before closing out day one with a 12 minute circuit session.
The Tigers return nine members of the 2015 squad which finished 11-37, 4-22 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The veterans welcome 14 newcomers to the team in search of their first bid to the OVC Championships since 2001.
The Big Blue will take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather on Thursday to get on the dirt for the first of four two-a-day sessions. The Tigers will use the days before classes begin to fit in multiple practices in preparation for their first tournament on Feb. 12.