Tuesday, December 10, 2013

UIS' diamond in the rough

The University of Illinois Springfield is determined to have its new on-campus baseball field ready for the upcoming season.

That explains why first-year coach Chris Ramirez, recruiting coordinator Jordan Banfield and pitching coach Jason LaRocque spent one of the coldest days so far this winter preparing the bullpen area. Despite 24-degree temperatures that felt like 14 degrees and a strong wind, the trio was hard at work with rakes Thursday afternoon.

UIS begins practice Jan. 21, opens the season March 1 and plays its first home doubleheader March 15 against Missouri S&T.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on December 8, 2013.

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