New turf dramatically improves UIS Prairie Stars baseball field
New artificial turf at UIS baseball field
UIS plans to build a premier stadium for the baseball team, and the first step has already been completed—a new artificial turf playing surface.
Coming next in the First Pitch Phase—an outfield irrigation system, multi-cage covered hitting facility, power to the entire facility, and a new team locker room and clubhouse.
Coach Chris Ramirez sees UIS Baseball competing at the highest national level, and this past year he led the team to its most successful in program history.
Two players, Cole Taylor and Michael Rothmund, were named to the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) All-Midwest Region Team. Taylor garnered First-Team honors at shortstop, while Rothmund was named to the Second-Team as a first baseman.
The new facilities will help build the team, according to Coach Ramirez: “Artificial turf will create a major competitive advantage as it will allow us to practice and play in all weather. If we improve our batting cages at the field, it will propel players to get out there and get extra work in.”
The improvements to the baseball facilities represents one of the fundraising priorities on campus. Generous donors to date for the initiative include Bank of Springfield; Paul and Lynne O’Shea; Mark and Julie Staley; J. Andrew Davis Financial Services, Inc.; Saul Morse and Anne Morgan; and Guerry Suggs and Jo Alessandrini.