Reaching Stellar Campaign Priorities: Enhanced Athletics Facilities

Baseball Turf Ribbon Cutting
UIS Baseball Turf project ribbon cutting on March 13, 2018.

Unequaled Success for UIS Baseball

The UIS baseball team is now ranked 5th in the nation among NCAA DII teams by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. As of Monday, April 23, the team had won 27 consecutive games and their record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference was 10-0.

UIS Baseball will play in the conference tournament beginning on May 10, and the team is a heavy favorite to play in the NCAA national tournament.

A Premier Baseball Stadium

UIS Baseball has a goal to develop a premier baseball stadium that will be recognized as a top NCAA DII venue in the Midwest region.

On March 13, 2018, a ribbon cutting to celebrate the first step toward this premier stadium was celebrated at UIS. Chancellor Koch and her husband, Dennis, who are among the team’s most stalwart fans, were on hand as well as a core group of community supporters who contributed to the Baseball field turf project:

  • Saul Morse,
  • Paul and Lynne O’Shea,
  • Mike Pence representing the Bank of Springfield,
  • Doug Pollock,
  • Mark Staley, and
  • Guerry Suggs.

View a gallery of pictures from the ribbon cutting. Others in this core group but unable to attend the ribbon cutting include Jo Allesandrini, Anne Morgan, Julie Staley, and Drew Davis.

According to Roy L. Brown, Deputy Athletics Director, the synthetic infield turf is a great improvement because it allows the team to practice and play in bad weather, helps with recruitment and is a major resource in the development of youth baseball in Springfield.

A Symbol of Support

In Springfield and among the wider UIS community, excitement for the team is growing. “The guys have really turned it up this year,” said Saul Morse. “I think it’s marvelous.”

Paul O’Shea, a fan since UIS played its first baseball game in 2011, believes the team has been greatly encouraged by the community’s investment in the turf project. “The turf represents how much we are behind the team,” he said. “When they see the new turf, the players have to know how important the team is to the university and the community.”

Roy Brown agrees: “The players love the new infield turf.   They also know it has a tremendous impact on the baseball brand, and it is a source of pride for them.”

Future Plans

Additional enhancements to the UIS Baseball stadium include a covered hitting and training facility, locker rooms and clubhouse, restrooms and concession area.

For information on adding your support to the baseball facilities, you can contact Roy L. Brown, Deputy Athletics Director, by email or call 217.206.8547. To make a gift today, you can give online by using the donate button on this page for Baseball Capital Projects.

Follow UIS Success

The softball team, also enjoying tremendous success, is nationally ranked for the first time at No. 18 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II poll. The team has a 17-3 conference record, first in the Great Lakes Valley Conference standings. The UIS golf teams and tennis teams are also doing well.

You can follow all the UIS Athletics teams on Twitter (@uisathletics) and Facebook (uisathletics).