The artificial turf era of Southern Miss baseball is officially underway.
On Friday, the Golden Eagles broke in their playing surface for the very first time on the very first day of spring practice.
Replacing the natural grass is a project that took almost three months to complete, but it was well worth the off-season wait.
This Pete Taylor facelift is not only a safeguard against Mother Nature, but also breathes new life into a USM ball club now on equal footing with several other College World Series programs. Head Baseball Coach Scott Berry said, “Well, I think everybody in the program is excited about the new surface and everything that it’s going to offer us as a program.”
Southern Miss Athletic Director Jeremy McClain said, “The ability to get on the field, not miss games because of rain, not miss practices, to be able to host tournaments over the summer, just a long list of things that will make us better as a program.”
Southern Miss Outfielder Gabe Montenegro said, “You do feel like you run faster because you don’t feel like you sink that much. You feel like quicker in it.”
Southern Miss Pitcher Gabe Shepard said, “You feel more explosive off the mound, so I mean that’s something that could help.”
Southern Miss will hold its annual media day at the Pete on Friday.