Baylor softball practices on refurbished field for the first time

Three weeks from today, Baylor softball begins the 2019 season in Mexico with games against South Carolina and BYU. After those games, a few more in Mexico, and one in San Antonio, it's nothing but home games at Getterman Stadium until the calendar flips to March.

Speaking of Getterman Stadium, there will be a different look and feel to the Bears’ home this year. The outfield walls were initially removed to allow for the installation of new LED lights. They'll be shining on the new Geo-Surfaces turf that replaces the old grass surface. Today was the softball team's first chance to become acclimated with the artificial field.

"We're for sure excited to see the lights tonight when they go on,” said senior pitcher, Gia Rodon. “The turf has been so exciting. We got to see the other day how balls play off of it. We're looking forward to playing in our home stadium that feels brand new."

Head Coach Glenn Moore was less excited at first, but after realizing the practicality of the turf field, he came around.

"Originally I wasn't a fan of the artificial surface being a traditionalist,” said Moore. “I'm really impressed with what it is, its high quality material. The main thing is we were losing too many practices. Games too, but too many practices on the old surface. It's going to allow us to play if it's not raining.”

The Lady Bears’ home opener is set for February 15th at 3 p.m. against Sam Houston State.