VIDEO: Penn State Softball Holds First Practice of 2014
Jan. 15, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The softball preseason is officially underway in Happy Valley.
After wrapping up the second day of the 2014 spring semester, first year head coach Amanda Lehotak and the Penn State softball team opened the 2014 preseason with their first official practice. Lehotak kicked off her first spring practice by emphasizing the importance of having a great attitude.
"I just want a great attitude, great effort and I want you to believe in your ability the whole time," said Lehotak. "I want to see great confidence. I want to see a lot of enthusiasm - even while you're running and stretching I want enthusiasm."
The Lions covered several aspects of the game in their first session, breaking into groups of outfield and infield players to work on the fundamentals of each position. Overall, Lehotak noted that she was pleased with the result.
"I am very happy with how the first day went," said Lehotak. "I think they worked really hard and could definitely tell that they did things over break, which makes me happy and shows that they are bringing the right attitude and really want to compete this year."
The Blue and White are set to open the regular season in the three-day Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State from Friday, Feb. 7 to Sunday, Feb. 9. Penn State faces Oregon State in the season opener on Friday at 2 p.m. (ET) and will also take on Appalachian State, Bradley, Seattle and Arizona State in the opening weekend of play.
Penn State returns four-of-five starters from last year's squad, including seniors Alyssa Sovereign (La Canada, Calif.) and Kasie Hatfield (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomores Macy Jones (Ashburn, Va.) and Reina Furuya (Waipahu, Hawaii).
PSU's home opener will mark the beginning of the conference campaign as well with the Lions slated to host Purdue for a three-game series from March 21-23. For season ticket information, please call 1-800-NITTANY.