HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The crack of the bat radiated once again at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field, Tuesday, Jan. 21, following the completion of its new synthetic surface project at the facility.
Members of the Golden Eagle baseball team, going through individual workouts prior to the start of the first official day of practice this Friday, Jan. 24, utilized the new surface by hitting on the field.
“Our players are excited about it and I know that our fans will be as well,” said Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry. “It is a difference maker for our program, being able to go from a traditional natural grass to a synthetic surface field. It lends us the opportunity to do so much more on this type of surface from the development side to the recruiting side to just be able to get in games and our practices.”
The project began in late October and took approximately 12 weeks to complete.
Sports Contractors Unlimited, LLC, out of Hattiesburg, Miss., started the removal of the natural playing surface on Oct. 28, and prepared the base for the installation of synthetic turf, which was completed by FieldTurf. The project was similar to those installations done at other notable college baseball programs like Houston, Louisville, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech and Washington.
This installation marks one of the many improvements made in the history of Pete Taylor Park, since the program began playing there during the 1984 season.
“It is an outstanding facility and has been for years,” said Berry. “But, just like anything, you have to continue move forward in updating things and certainly this surface and the aesthetics that it brings to our facility is level changing. When you look at this field, you are going to see this 365 days out of the year and it is going to be game day, spring-ready every time you walk out. We have been one of the top facilities in the country and certainly this keeps us there and continues to move us to the top.”
The Golden Eagles open the season, Friday, Feb. 14, against Murray State. Game time is set for 4 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park.