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Baseball Officially Opens Practice for the 2012 Season
Courtesy: ulmwarhawks.com
Release: January 27, 2012
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MONROE, La. - The ULM baseball team officially opened its 2012 practice schedule with a full team workout Friday afternoon at Warhawk Field.

Sixth-year head coach Jeff Schexnaider will have 16 returning letterwinners on the roster in 2012, among them 2011 All-Sun Belt Conference first team selection Joey Rapp (.318, 13 HR, 46 RBI) and Rawlings Gold Glove Team recipient Caleb Clowers (.996 FLD, no errors in conference play).  The Warhawks welcome 16 new players this season, including nine true freshmen and seven key junior college and transfer additions.

ULM travels to Texas-San Antonio Feb. 17 for a three-game series to begin the 2012 season.  The Warhawks open an 11-of-12 game home stretch when Tulane visits Warhawk Field Feb. 21 at 12 p.m.

Head Coach Jeff Schexnaider

Outlook on the First Day of Practice
We're excited to be able to get out.  The weather is great and we had a great fall.  The guys were anxious to get back started.

Impressions of the Team from the Fall Blood Series
One of the biggest things was the chemistry we developed in the fall, how the guys get along.  Their work habits are extremely good, and hopefully that will continue in the spring.  The next big thing is to get the new guys used to the speed of the game.

Players Returning from Last Season 
We did lose some great players, but we have some coming back.  Les Aulds was a steady outfielder for us all year long, Caleb Clowers, a Gold Glove winner, and Joey Rapp led our team in home runs (13).  We've got a little bit of experience on the mound with Kendall Thamm and Randy Zeigler.  Those guys have some weekend experience, along with Wil Browning, who was injured.  He is getting better every day and hopefully will be able to help us this spring.

Incorporating New Additions to the Roster to Best Compete in the SBC
Obviously, each team in our league is talented.  (In the fall) the new players had a good work ethic and really jelled with the other guys.  Brandon Alexander (John A. Logan College) in center field, Logan Fiasco (Alabama Southern CC), a new catcher behind the plate to go with Joey Cesario, also Chris Dudley (Northeast Texas CC) out in center field and Justin Stawychny, a freshman outfielder.  As well as all of the others, those guys showed some good things in the fall.

On How the Team Prepares from the Outset of Spring Practice
We get after it on the first day of practice.  They've been having small group work since they have been back in school, but they were anxious to be able to put on their uniform and practice all together as a team.