The College is continuing to seek improvements to athletic facilities by focusing on proposals for a new baseball complex to replace the aging and inadequate Louis Guisto Field.

Work on the proposal is still at an early stage, but preliminary sketches have been developed which include many features that will enhance the game experience for players, fans and the media.

The new baseball complex, an element of the College’s 2004 strategic plan for enhancing sports programs and facilities, is slated for the south side of campus, in the canyon area. Schematic plans, presented to the campus community during the president’s State of the College address in March, feature various elements that will create a fun experience for players and spectators. The field will accommodate 1,500 fans, a significant increase from the current Louis Guisto Field’s seating capacity.

Baseball head coach Jedd Soto says he is excited about the new field, saying the location in the canyon will provide a beautiful venue for spectators. The field will include a sunken diamond and grass picnic areas where families can relax while watching the game.

“I believe it will be the most unique college baseball venue in the country,” Soto says.

The field will also include locker rooms, a press box, and concession stands that are far superior to those now available at Louis Guisto Field. There will also be facilities enabling games to be televised.

The new baseball field will help Soto and his coaching staff in recruiting. Many schools they compete with for quality student-athletes have already improved their facilities.

“Really, we’re just trying to keep up with our competition,” Soto says. Last season, Soto’s third, the Gaels posted their first winning season since 1991.

After losing eight of 11 to begin this season, including two one-run losses to national power Louisiana State on the road, the Gaels tore off a 14-game unbeaten streak that included a win over ninth-ranked Oregon State. The team was 17–23–1 at press time. Soto recently signed a multi-year contract extension.

For more information, contact Mark Chiarucci at (925) 631-4168.

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