Sept. 12, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington baseball and softball took a step towards the future as they broke ground on new $1.95 million dollar indoor practice facilities at both Clay Gould Ballpark and Allan Saxe Field.
"We're very excited for both programs," UTA Athletic Director Jim Baker said. "This has been long time coming, and will help with the teaching and development of our student-athletes. Hopefully it's the first step to future renovations for both programs."
The facilities, which are expected to be completed in January of 2013, are 5,940 sq. feet for baseball and 3,500 sq. feet for softball.
"I can't thank Jim Baker and President Spaniolo enough," baseball coach Darin Thomas said. "It shows we are moving in the right direction. It's going to be a first class facility. It helps not only in recruiting but in the growth of our players."
Thomas, who coached the Mavericks to a Southland Conference championship in 2012, said that the facilities not only help current players and recruits, but also in scheduling baseball camps.
"It helps with camps as we aren't going to be scared to schedule a camp due to weather," Thomas said. "Anytime you can have more camps it is going to help with recruiting."
UTA athletes will be able to use the facilities on their own for batting practice as the facility will feature multiple batting cages complete with pitching machines.
"It's all about player development," softball coach Kristie Fox said. "Making sure we're getting better every day, regardless of weather. We feel very fortunate that this process has started. We're excited. There will be so many great uses for it and our players are very excited."
The Mavericks are constructing the facilities through donations and fundraising.
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