Redbird Baseball Opens Spring Practice, Opening Day Set for Feb. 14
Joe Claver works on a pitching drill.
Joe Claver works on a pitching drill.


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January 24, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. - The defending Missouri Valley Conference Champion Illinois State baseball team held its first team practice of the spring Friday afternoon at Horton Field House. The two hour workout marked the first of 18 practices before the Redbirds open the 2014 regular season, Feb. 14, at Murray State.

“This is a big day around college baseball,” two-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year Mark Kingston said. “Like everyone else we are excited to start the season. We have worked hard this offseason to be prepared, and today we return to the team-phase allowed by the NCAA. Our job is to make sure we are ready on Opening Day.”

Redbird position players split time working on various hitting drills while pitchers focused on bullpen sessions and long toss. Once the weather cooperates, Illinois State will be able to move practices outdoors to Duffy Bass Field, which has undergone playing surface upgrades over each of the last two offseasons.

Illinois State enters the 2014 season following its best regular season in school history. The 2013 Redbirds won the Missouri Valley Conference title outright for the first time in school history, won a program-record 39 games and had a MVC record eight first-team all-Valley selections. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.