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Infield Renovations Enter Week 3 at USM's Pete Taylor Park

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The infield at USM's Pete Taylor Park continues to undergo a facelift, one that is long overdue.

"To try to keep it on original grade you should do it every five to six years," says Southern Miss head baseball coach Scott Berry.

But the $50,000 project is the first of its kind since the stadium's original construction in 1984.

Berry says the infield was 12 inches above original grade before construction began.

"Each summer, you put layers of sand on it to top dress it with Bermuda grass and the grass grows through the sand, and over the course of time it just continues to elevate," says Berry.

Sur-Line Turf heads up the project, one that features a new home plate and pitchers' mound, widened warning tracks and clay basepaths from home to first and third to home.

As a result, Berry anticipates a more authentic game experience in coming seasons.

"It should make it much truer, particularly when you have grass to dirt transition as the ball rolls - it should roll much more truer because everything is level right now," says Berry.

Berry also expects a completed project sometime next week, something he readily awaits.

"I'm excited because basically it's an all new surface," says Berry.

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