BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Binghamton University baseball team began fall practice today at NYSEG Stadium, marking the first time the team has been together on a field in more than six months.
Coach Tim Sinicki said although you couldn't see the smiles behind everyones masks, he could hear the excitement in the players voices.
"We're just happy we've gotten to this point right now where we've fallen in line with all the regulations that the state, the county and the University and the NCAA has put forth," said Sinicki.
The Bearcats are starting at a slow pace, working out in pods and following the regulations put in place.
"We're just basically doing what we're told," said Sinicki. "We're not the experts by any means so we're listening to our people and we know they've done a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes, and they've come up with a great plan."
Sinicki said this year expectations for the fall season are a little different.
"We're not here to rush through anything, we're not here to get anyone injured," he said. "We're hoping maybe after two to three weeks we can have a couple weeks of intersquads. So most importantly this time of year we're going to do a lot of teaching."
The Bearcats have five freshmen and two transfers coming into the program. Sinicki said he feels terrible for them, but the returning players are going out of their way to make the new players feel welcome.
"I'm really fortunate to have the type of kids we have who have been able to support what we've done as a staff, and I think those kids are as excited as the returning guys to be out here, finally for the first time," said Sinicki.
Sinicki told 12 Sports four of five seniors from last season are returning after the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility. Sinicki called them "bonus recruits" for the upcoming season.
"They're anxious as well because they were cheated last year out of what was supposed to be their final year, so hopefully this year being able to have a full year and hopefully their expectations of coming back are fulfilled at the end of the year," he said.
Sinicki said he's excited about the team this year and they are shooting for a very successful spring, but right now they are taking things one day at a time.
"We're happy to be out here. We'll do this as long as we can, and have fun with it and most importantly try and prepare for hopefully, a spring season."
With construction underway at the Binghamton Baseball Complex on campus, the Bearcats are practicing and plan to play the season at NYSEG stadium this year.