"I have been very pleased with our preseason practices over the first ten days of February," said head coach Tony Skole. "We still have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time, but the enthusiasm and energy of our players has been outstanding."
ETSU has been engaged in conditioning drills and individual workouts since January 14. Skole is encouraged by the attitude and potential the players have shown since school began this semester.
"These guys have been working extremely hard. Because of the later start date, from an individual player standpoint, I think our guys are much further ahead than in year's past, but as a team we still have a lot we need to improve on," Skole said. "Hopefully over the next ten days we will continue to make strides in executing the fundamentals of the game. The intensity and competitiveness of our scrimmages have been at a very high level which is a bright spot."
The 2008 Bucs return 14 players from last season, including six position players and four pitchers with starting experience. With the addition of 11 newcomers ETSU will look to make a run in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
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The Bucs will play a four game series from Feb. 22-25 against