Jan. 24, 2014
ATHENS----The University of Georgia baseball squad resumed full team workouts Friday at Foley Field in preparation for the 2014 season.
Bulldog coach Scott Stricklin, who is in his first season at UGA following a successful nine-year stint at his alma mater Kent State, said the team had a short, crisp practice Friday. The Bulldogs plan to scrimmage Saturday and Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30 both days.
"It was great to get everybody together as a team again, put the uniform on and watch them compete," Stricklin said. "It's a matter of trying to get better every day, keep that team chemistry going in the right direction. We know we'll have some ups and downs in baseball, and you have to know how to handle it. We want to keep everybody pulling the rope in the same direction."
The Bulldogs return six starting position players and the entire pitching rotation from last year's team that went 21-32 and missed the postseason. Stricklin said he has been pleased with the leadership of the veterans like juniors Nelson Ward and Hunter Cole and senior pitchers Patrick Boling and Dylan Cole.
"Once in a while, we talk about last season, we look at the numbers, and we set goals off what those numbers were," Stricklin said. "We want to make improvements. We're not doing everything at once. It's an every day process. They know what's expected of them. We communicate that to them every day.
"We have a really good group of kids, they take a lot of pride in what they do," Stricklin added. "Last year was tough for them, the fan base, for UGA, the program. They have worked really hard. Excitement is the word I'd use to describe our guys. They are anxious and excited. We're ready for Feb. 14 to get here."
The Bulldogs open the 56-game season Feb. 14 by playing host to Georgia Southern in a three-game series. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 5 p.m.