GREENVILLE, Ill. – Greenville College’s historic Robert E. “Ish” Smith Field received a measurable upgrade on Wednesday afternoon with the implementation of six NCAA-standard light fixtures that will illuminate play in 2012.
“This is an exciting time for the college and for Panther baseball,” noted head coach and former GC standout athlete Lynn Carlson. “It truly is the mark of new era for us and we look forward to putting this enhancement to good use.”
The new installment features four 80ft outfield poles that boast 50 foot-candles’ of coverage and two 70ft poles that will brighten the Panther infield with a 70 foot-candle beam. All inserted fixtures will operate under NCAA specification compliance.
Dedicated to Greenville's ninth president on October 12, 1985, Robert E. Smith Field is one of the best accommodations found in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The park is located next to the college’s Francis Fields (football and soccer fields) in the John M. Strahl Athletic Complex only one mile south of the GC campus.
“This is a win-win for athletics and academics,” added Greenville College athletic director Doug Faulkner. “The opportunity to play night games reduces academic conflicts for athletes and enhances the overall student-athlete experience.”
The Greenville College Athletic Department and GC baseball will first utilize the field additions in the fall of 2012 and will continue spring play as scheduled. The club will next travel to Elsah, Ill. on Friday, April 13 and begin the first of a three-game set against Principia College. Following Friday night’s tilt, the club will return home to Robert E. Smith field on Saturday and host PC in an afternoon pair to wrap up the SLIAC series.