Emmitsburg, Md. (Sept. 9, 2016) -- The Mount St. Mary's University baseball program has launched a project aimed at enhancing E.T. Straw Family Stadium with the installation of synthetic turf, construction of locker rooms and dugout renovations. The project, which began at the end of August, has already reached 50-percent of its goal for the synthetic turf.
"We are very excited to be moving forward with the baseball complex enhancement project. It is essential that we continue to improve our facilities as we seek to provide our student-athletes with the best opportunity to enhance their athletic experience and compete for the Northeast Conference title," said Director of Athletics Lynne Robinson.
"As we continue to grow as an athletics department, we rely heavily on the support of our alumni and friends of athletics," commented Director of Athletic Development Kevin Robinson Jr. "The baseball complex enhancements are an exciting project and one we feel our alumni can get behind in order to improve the student-athlete experience at the Mount."
The proposed renovations would make E.T. Straw Family Stadium a premier destination for baseball, not only for college recruits, but for local youth baseball leagues as well. The renovations would give Mount St. Mary's a premier facility within the Northeast Conference and Mid-Atlantic region, helping catch the eye of prospective recruits.
"Giving E.T. Straw Family Stadium a 1.5 million dollar face lift is a program changer," said Head Baseball Coach Scott Thomson. "It would take our program to the next level to recruit quality student-athletes who will help us win championships and reach the NCAA College World Series."
"The addition of turf would help our program take a big leap forward. Not only would it be a great attraction to incoming recruits, but would also benefit our team to have the ability to use the facility year-round. The addition of turf would allow us to gain an extra step on our opponents," said sophomore shortstop Patrick Causa.
"I believe turf would help our program by promoting recruitment, enhancing the safety of my teammates and increasing playability throughout our season," said sophomore second baseman Alex Kriss.
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