Softball Begins Fall Practice
Sep 5, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team began full-team practices for its fall schedule on Tuesday at the Dail Softball Stadium. Head coach Shawn Rychcik’s squad will play eight games during the fall season.
“It’s good to get back out here and I think the girls are ready,” said Rychcik. “It’s good to see what everybody can do and I thought we were pretty good for our first day. There was a lot of learning going on and hopefully the girls will retain the information.”
The 2013-14 squad will be much larger than last year’s team with 20 players on the roster as opposed to just 14 in 2012-13. The Wolfpack welcomes nine newcomers after losing only three seniors to graduation.
“I look at it more as having options,” Rychcik said referring to having a larger team. “To have some depth and some people pushing at some different position, have some backups for some injuries or just to scrimmage will be kind of nice. It will also make the team work a little harder because reps will be harder to come by, but the bottom line is the competition is good and we will get better as a result of it.”
State begins its fall schedule on Saturday, Sept. 21 when it travels to Farmville, Va., for a double header against Longwood. The Wolfpack will return to Raleigh the following day to compete against Lenoir-Rhyne. That contest will also be a double header played at the Dail Softball Stadium.
“It’s nice to get ready and play here in a couple weeks, but the big picture is to get ready for February,” Rychcik said. “We’ll just keep it in prospective each week with what we do, setting some goals and learning what we need to do as far as our offense and some of our systems.”
The Wolfpack returns seven starters from last year’s squad, including ACC Pitcher of the Year Emily Weiman and All-ACC selections Renada Davis and Kirsty Grant.