|A Fighting Scot logo behind the backstop is among the highlights of the new synthetic surface.|
The College of Wooster's baseball team has greeted the NCAA's non-traditional season for spring sports with extra enthusiasm this fall, as it is adjusting to a renovated Art Murray Field, which now features a synthetic playing surface across the infield, replacing the natural grass.
The new surface, which plays similar to grass (faster, truer bounces), was manufactured by Sprinturf, the same company that the College used in 2009 when Andrew Turf Field was installed for multiple uses at John P. Papp Stadium.
It has been laid down from the backstop, adorned by a Fighting Scot logo, to just beyond the infield and from dugout to dugout. The pitcher's mound consists of clay.
"I think this is just outstanding," said Tim Pettorini, who won his 1,000th career game (1,002-376-6) as the head coach of the Fighting Scots last May. "Number one, the playability of the field has improved tremendously. The look of the field has improved tremendously. The amount of maintenance has been virtually eliminated."
No longer will the team have to tarp the field, and Wooster shouldn't lose any play dates to the unpredictable spring weather in this region any more.
The gifts for the approximate $280,000 project came from a handful of donors, comprised of parents of current student-athletes as well as alumni.
"The baseball team, the coaches, everybody involved in the program is really excited about it," Pettorini remarked. "It's a great addition that will be here for a long time.
"The Scots, coming off a 27-18 season, have won 14 North Coast Athletic Conference championships and made regular appearances in the NCAA Div. III Championship field, including national runner-up finishes in 1997 and 2009.
|Wooster is home to a picturesque setting for collegiate baseball.|