Jan. 28, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy baseball team officially began its preparations for the 2013 season this past weekend, starting with a full team workout on Friday. NCAA Division I programs were allowed to begin practicing as a team on Friday and the Mids wasted no time in getting back to work.
"It is always great to get going," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We spend so much time in preparation between fall baseball, post-fall workouts and then the preseason workouts we're allowed to do, so when we're finally able to practice together as a team it's refreshing. I know the players are glad to get out there as a team as well."
This past weekend's practices were the first organized team workouts since the fall. During the past three months, the team is limited to weight lifting and conditioning as well as individual workouts. With the renovation complete at Halsey Field House, the Mids are able to practice indoors and escape the winter conditions by utilizing the facility's new FieldTurf.
"We went back and worked on our defensive and base running schemes which we put in during the fall, but had to go back and reestablish it," said Kostacopoulos.
With Opening Day approaching on Feb. 15, the practice time now becomes critical.
"With only so many practices now before our first game, it's really a race to get ready to play," said Kostacopoulos. "You're not just getting ready for the first weekend, you're really preparing for the first eight games. You only have two practices in that eight-game window to start the season, so you have to get prepared as best as you can."
Navy returns 20 letterwinners from last year's team that qualified for the Patriot League tournament for the second consecutive year. The Midshipmen will begin the 2013 schedule on Feb. 15 when they travel to Norfolk State for a three-game set.