Changes to Gary Hogan make it a field of coach’s dream
The UALR Trojan baseball program received an upgrade to its home field this offseason. The baseball field was known as the Curran Conway Field from 1978 until 2005 when it was changed to Gary Hogan Field.
Changes to the field include a new pitchers mounds, new slats installed in the outfield fence and new workout equipment in the indoor hitting facility.
The field has been upgraded before; prior to the 2012 season polyurethane turf was added to the infield. The turf allowed lighter turf shoes for infielders and faster movement. All the improvements have really helped to shape the field and given it a sleeker look.
Hitters now have an easier time at the plate due to more consistent background. Before the slats were installed they could see the houses behind the field more clearly and anything passing by could possibly distract them. The workout equipment inside the hitting facility was donated to the program. It now gives them closer access to more strengthening options as they workout indoors.
“Today’s (Jan. 24, 2014) the first official day of practice and it feels good,” said UALR head coach Scott Norwood. “The new slats have improved the look of the park as well as helped the hitters. I’m very pleased.”
In 2005, the park received a $1.6 million renovation that added a new lighting system, expanded the seats and also added the indoor hitting facility. The program hosts many camps and high school all-star games on the field as well.
UALR ended the 2013 season making its seventh appearance in the Sun Belt Tournament, and marking the second highest conference win total in program history.
The Trojans went 28-28 overall and 13-17 in conference play. UALR open the 2014 season with a weekend series against Creighton Friday Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. at Gary Hogan Field.