The days of fake green grass infields might be over thanks to the baseball program at the University of Northwestern Ohio, which is located on the outskirts of bustling Lima. You are looking at the nation’s first cardinal red college baseball field and UNOH is pretty proud of that field. The school announced in July that the field would be ready to go for fall practice.
Why spend the money on such a luxury for a small school? UNOH thinks this will allow its baseball program to play more home games and save on travel costs associated with trips south in the spring.
Head coach Kory Hartman:
As this past spring showed, it can be difficult to play games this far north in early March. As a result, we are left with no other choice but to travel south to get games in. The drainage capabilities of turf will allow our student-athletes to not only play home games earlier, but practice outside earlier as well. I firmly believe that we now have every facility needed to take this program to a nationally prominent level.”
On the color choice:
“It was something that Dr. Jarvis, Coach Adams, my staff, and I all decided was the right thing for UNOH. I feel that UNOH is one of the most unique schools in the country and I want that to be reflected in everything that we do as a program.”
The baseball program, playing on the NAIA level, deserves the cardinal red turf. They were 34-16 this past spring and 22-6 in the conference.