Turf renovations for Tarleton Baseball, Softball officially underway

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STEPHENVILLE – Artificial turf is coming to the Cecil Ballow Baseball and Tarleton Softball Complexes this summer.

The ground has been broken on the south side of the Tarleton State University campus for new synthetic turf, fence and lighting for the Texan Baseball and Softball programs. The projects are expected to be complete before next spring.

“It’s an exciting time to be a Texan,” said Vice President for Athletics Lonn Reisman. “First of all, I would like to thank our president, Dr. James Hurley, for his leadership and vision in making these renovations come to fruition. We are thrilled about our continued growth as an NCAA Division I program and these renovations are the first step in continuing our pursuit of rising to this new level of excellence.”

Beginning on the playing surface, Tarleton will install Hellas Matrix Turf on both fields and all bullpen areas. Surrounding the new turf will be a brand-new, 10-feet high Champion Wall in the outfield and six-feet high, vinyl-coated chain-link fencing down the foul lines. The baseball field will extend up to 16-feet high in centerfield for the batter’s eye.

The field dimensions will remain the same at both facilities. The baseball field will be 320 feet down each line and 400 to straight-away centerfield. The softball field will be 190 feet down the lines and 220 feet to centerfield.

The project also includes a new Ephesus LED Lighting system at both fields. The upgraded lighting system will enhance both venues and meet the requirements for hosting NCAA regional broadcasts.

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