Simpson University Installs Baseball Practice Infield
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - For the first time in program history, Simpson University’s baseball team will have an on-campus practice field for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The Red Hawks play home games and, until this fall, have practiced at Redding’s historic Tiger Field in South City Park, which is nearly 10 miles from campus.
A playing-quality infield—including sod, special infield mix, base paths and pitching mound— and outfield space for batting practice were installed this month in part to revitalize a long-term plan for the Red Hawks to play games at a permanent on-campus facility.
Funding for the revamped project came from project-specific donations from individuals, student-athletes’ families and other sources, including a grant, according to Roger Janis, director of development.
“We are grateful for these donations and for the opportunity for our baseball team to hold its practices on campus,” he said.
Campus crews, under the direction of grounds supervisor Neil Buchholz, installed the sod in mid-August after a delivery from Delta Bluegrass Co. of Stockton, which donated part of the sod. Constructing a practice infield is an initial step toward having a full field for home games, Janis said.
“The university remains committed to providing a quality venue for collegiate baseball,” he said.
Simpson’s director of athletics, Tom Galbraith, said providing an on-campus practice site is a building block for the Red Hawks program.
“Moving practices from an off-campus site will improve immensely the overall experience as a student-athlete for our baseball players—from saving time, expense, and effort in getting to and from Tiger Field nearly every day, to being able to show potential recruits the commitment to the program that the university has made,” Galbraith said. “This is a huge step forward for head coach Greg Cadaret and Simpson baseball.”
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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations