Troy University baseball fans will not only have an exciting team to watch on the field this season, but they will also have an exciting, newly renovated venue in which to cheer on the Trojans.
Riddle-Pace Field has undergone renovations that include a new field turf surface, a new scoreboard, indoor batting and pitching cages and new coaches’ offices. The renovations were completed for the Trojans’ home opening series against Rhode Island in February.
“I am very pleased with the way that things are going,” head coach Bobby Pierce said. “We are trying to give our guys a great place to play baseball.”
The Trojans spent the fall practicing at Charles Henderson High School’s baseball field.
“I want to thank Brad Phillips, Hugh Fountain and David Helms for letting us use their facilities for our practices,” Pierce said. “I also want to thank Mayor Jimmy Lunsford and James Flowers for all of their help in helping us work on our facility.”
“I also appreciate Alex Whaley for his guidance and willingness to explain things to me,” Pierce said. “He has explained a lot to me because I don’t know a great deal about construction. The administration has been supportive of our efforts to continue to grow our baseball program. We are grateful to the University for this vision and leadership.”
The Trojans will face a tough schedule once again in 2008.
“One of the major factors for us reaching the regional last season in fact was our schedule,” head coach Bobby Pierce said. “Playing top teams and strong opponents helped us get in.”
Among the teams dotting the Trojans’ 2008 schedule are Arizona State, Alabama, Auburn, Southern Mississippi, Wake Forrest and Penn State. For a complete baseball schedule, go to www.troytrojans.com.