FAYETTEVILLE- The University of Arkansas softball team returns to the field on Friday afternoon as it officially opens spring practice.
"The first few weeks of practice are really critical; they really set the tone for the spring season," said Arkansas head coach Mike Larabee. "We talk about getting one percent better every day and then collectively we become a better team."
The Razorbacks are coming off a productive fall season in which they went 6-2 while splitting a series with a talented Oklahoma State team.
"We have great team chemistry and a lot of enthusiasm," Larabee said. "We just need to pick up from where we left this fall."
Arkansas returns four position players who started at least half of the 2011 season including three infielders and one outfielder. In the circle, the Razorbacks return juniors Chelsea Cohen and Hope McLemore who both have significant experience to add to the team. The 2012 squad will also include 12 new faces, 10 being freshman and two transfers.
"We have some key newcomers that I think can make a huge difference for us this year," Larabee said. "I think they are going to fit in very well."
Arkansas begins its 2012 campaign on Feb. 10 at the Baylor Tournament in Waco, Texas where it will face Belmont at 10 a.m.