Construction Started for Indoor Baseball/Softball Facility
LAWRENCEVILLE—To enhance on-campus facilities for the baseball and softball programs and to improve the flexibility of scheduling practices in the event of inclement weather, Rider University recently broke ground on a 7,000 square foot indoor practice facility on the Lawrenceville, New Jersey campus.
One year in the planning stage, the project is scheduled for completion in time for the Fall, 2013 semester.
“This 7,000 square foot indoor practice facility will dramatically enhance the day to day operations of our baseball and softball programs,” said Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum. “As with all of our facility enhancements over the last several years, the goal is to provide our student-athletes and coaches with the best possible facilities for player development and to arm our coaches with the necessary recruiting tools to succeed at a high level.”
The indoor facility will feature four batting cages, various practice work stations that can be customized for specific drills and an expansive area of turf for fielding and throwing practice.
“It will simply allow us to get the repetitions we will need to develop our players and their skill level,” said baseball coach Barry Davis who led the Broncs to 35 wins and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title in 2013. “It will certainly help our recruiting, giving top talent another reason to attend Rider University and play baseball.”
The baseball team won the 2010 and 2008 MAAC Championship, advancing to the NCAA Regional and the Broncs have qualified for the four-team conference playoffs six seasons in a row.
“We are excited to have a quality facility dedicated to softball and baseball,” said 20-year softball head coach Tricia Carroll who has 383 victories and two NCAA appearances. “To be able to hit and pitch at any time of the day or season will be a huge help in developing skills. We will also be able to work around class schedules with access to an on-campus facility throughout the day.”
“Combined with the Sonny Pittaro Baseball Field and Ben Cohen Field (the on-campus lighted turf outdoor facility), our preparation will improve and even with the challenges of the weather, there will be no excuses not to be ready,” Davis added. “I am looking forward to getting to work with the team and having everything on campus. The team will be excited.”
Our softball complex (Herb and Joan Young Field) is one of the best in the conference,” Carroll added. “The addition of the indoor space will certainly help with recruiting and the continued growth of the program.”