GIVE TO THE SOFTBALL HITTING AREA PROJECT
SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program will debut a new covered batting cage and enhanced hitting area for the 2018 season as the Mustang Athletics Department will break ground later this summer at Bob Janssen Field on a project that will include five total batting cages, a revised bullpen and increased storage.
"We're grateful for all of the support we've received from the families and alumni of our program," 13th-year Cal Poly head coach Jenny Condon said. "This covered hitting facility will allow us to train year round, regardless of weather. We appreciate the commitment shown to our program from our entire department and our director of athletics, Don Oberhelman. Our new facility will help keep us competitive on the field and in recruiting. We can't wait to use it this winter."
Located on the first base side of Bob Janssen Field at Ozzie Smith Plaza, the enhancement project will include three large batting cages (measuring 55 feet in length and 12 feet in width), two half cages (27 feet by 12 feet), a bullpen with three individual pitching rubbers and a storage shed.
"It's been frustrating when it rains and our team has had to move all of our practice equipment into the baseball team's hitting facility. Now we can hit at our field and we don't have to change our practice plans when it rains," junior third baseman Stephanie Heyward said (San Luis Obispo has already experienced 32 days of rain in 2017). "We're really excited to break in the new facility. Our field is already nice and now we're enhancing it. It's nice knowing that the department is supporting the expanse of our facility and recognizing that we're working hard each season."
Each batting cage will feature a retractable netting system to allow coaches and players to reconfigure the hitting area to specific needs.
The roof of the structure will be 98 feet long, 42 feet wide and 20 feet high. The hitting area surface will consist of synthetic turf.
"Better facilities make better players. It's that simple," said Cal Poly Varsity Club president Kelley Bannon Lashley, a four-year starting third baseman for the Mustangs (1992-95). "I'm so grateful for having been given the opportunity to attend Cal Poly and play softball here that I feel obligated to give back. As alums, parents and supporters, we're all part of the Mustang family. We would not be in the home stretch of this campaign without everyone's support."
Added Kelly McInerney, a 1989 All-California Collegiate Athletic Association selection as a catcher for Cal Poly: "The batting cage facility is a great project to enhance an already amazing softball field. This facility will allow the team to not be hampered by time of day or weather to hone their batting skills and be the best players they can be."
The Cal Poly Athletics Department has already raised 80 percent of the projected $325,000 goal. To donate to the project and help complete the goal, please visit HERE.
For more information on giving toward Cal Poly's covered batting cage enhancement project, please contact associate athletic director for development Ashley Offermann at email@example.com or director of development and individual sport philanthropy Brian Brantley at firstname.lastname@example.org.