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The University of Dayton Softball Complex will have a new look for the 2010-2011 school year. The upgrades include a new locker room, fixed seating, and a press box that will allow the Flyers to video stream a number of games from the stadium starting this year.
The renovations usher in an improved atmosphere for fans and players, and continues to make the UD Softball Complex one of the top softball facilities in the region. Among one of the top changes is the addition of a locker room for the softball team. The batting cages will be expanded and upgraded and permanent restrooms will be installed. These new additions complement the stadium’s already existing bullpen, batting cages and pitching rubbers that were installed in the first phase of the project.
The project represents the next phase of the softball complex, which was built in 2005 along the banks of the Great Miami River as part of the UD Sports Complex – a multi-million dollar project to centralize the softball, track and field, football and baseball facilities on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Construction on this phase is expected to be finished by the time the fall season begins in September.
"We are fortunate to have one of the best facilities in the region," said Flyer Head Coach Cara LaPlaca. "Our idyllic location in the Arena Sports Complex along I-75 offers easy accessability. The river backdrop provides a picturesque view. The field surface is flawless and holds up to various weather conditions. Teams and spectators will have a great experience at UD Softball Stadium.
UD Softball Stadium Facts
Opened: March 26, 2005 (vs Massachusetts)
First UD Win: March 27, 2005 (7-0 vs IPFW)
Winning Pitcher: Melissa Myher
Inaugural Season Record: 9-4
All-Time Record: 60-86
First pitch: Erin LaFayette to Lauren Proctor (UMass), strike.
First hit: Denise Denis (UMass), single first inning.
First UD hit: Laura Matthews, home run, fifth inning.
First home run: Denise Denis (UMass), third inning.
First UD home run: Laura Matthews, fifth inning.
First Shutout: March 27, 2005 (7-0 vs IPFW; Myher complete game win)
First Extra Inning Game: March 26, 2006 vs. La Salle - 8-7 win (8 inn.)
Longest UD home win steak: 7 games (April 3 Game one - April 25 Game one)