FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas baseball team opened practice for the 2009 season with a three-hour session at Baum Stadium enjoying temperatures in the mid-60s just days after one of the worst ice storms in Northwest Arkansas history blanketed the area.
The Razorbacks started with a short team meeting in the outfield grass behind the shortstop position before moving on to defensive drills. The practice concluded with an impressive hitting display by the Hogs.
“It feels good to get out here and start practice,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “We were very fortunate to have great weather during the fall, probably the best weather we’ve ever had and that continues today.”
Infield drills began with ground balls before moving to double-play work. The outfielders worked on fly balls and then communication between positions. While that was going on, the Razorback catchers started with making a throw to various bases from the squat position and concluded with bunt defense.
Arkansas’ outfielders spent considerable time running the bases as the Razorback infielders got lots of work on ground balls, double plays and situation work.
The Razorbacks are not scheduled to practice on Monday, but return to the field on Tuesday for their second practice of the season. Coach Van Horn and the Razorback coaching staff can be seen on Monday at the first Swatter’s Club meeting of the season beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Clarion Inn.
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