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MSU baseball, softball fields get heating systems

The Detroit News

Michigan State is hoping a new heating system will allow its baseball and softball teams to play longer as the weather gets colder.

MSU’s McLane Baseball Stadium and Secchia Stadium will both be receiving new electric field heating systems, according a release by the athletic department.

Sports Fields, Inc., began installing the new system, developed by The Netherlands-headquartered Heating Solutions International (HSI), on July 22.

“This project will provide our baseball and softball programs outdoor access in the early spring, allowing for team preparation for their competitive seasons that start in February,” MSU deputy athletic director Greg Ianni said in the release. “Additionally, our grounds staff will be able to prepare the fields for game use in March, resulting in fewer early season cancellations. This is cutting-edge technology that will tremendously benefit our student-athletes and coaches.

“The generosity of our donors and the diligence of the Spartan Fund staff continue to make a difference. We are very grateful for their support.”

MSU baseball coach Jake Boss said in the release that MSU is “the first collegiate facility nationally to incorporate this type of technology,” MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss said. “The great game of baseball was meant to be played on a natural surface and this project will ensure that we will be afforded that luxury in the early stages of our season. ...”

“I’m incredibly excited about what this project will mean for our fields and our softball program,” MSU softball head coach Jacquie Joseph said. “This is a tremendous addition to the Old College Field complex and specifically our home at Secchia Stadium, one that will benefit our team not only in games, but in our practices as well. ...”