Fields of Excellence Become a Field of Dreams
for Baseball and Softball Student-Athletes
Hartford, Conn. – Members of the Trinity College community celebrated the opening of the College's new baseball and softball fields on Saturday, April 1 with an event that recognized the donors who were instrumental in supporting the completion of the Fields of Excellence project, resulting in construction of the new fields. It also officially dedicated Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium, Trinity's new baseball field, in recognition of the philanthropy of Heather H. and James J. Murren '83, and in honor of a generous gift from Linda M. and Thomas R. DiBenedetto '71, P'08, '12, '13, '15, '17. James Murren is a current member of Trinity's Board of Trustees, and Thomas DiBenedetto is a former trustee.
The celebration kicked off with a tailgate party that was moved indoors to the Washinton Room in Mather Hall due to bad weather. After the event, attendees cheered on the Bantams as they took on Tufts University in baseball. The softball game against Bowdoin was rained out.
Trinity College gratefully acknowledges the following individuals for their extraordinary generosity in supporting the construction of the Fields of Excellence.
Patricia S. and William R. Abeles, Sr. '59
Roberta P. and Raymond J. Beech '60, P'94
Jennifer A. and David B. Cosgrove '94
Linda M. and Thomas R. DiBenedetto '71, P'08, '12, '13, '15, '17
Dianne M. and Walter L. Harrison '68
Joanne and Thomas F. Head III '52
Donna and Elliot Katzman P'05
Marie and Justin Maccarone, Jr. '81, P'19
Erin and Joseph P. Marra '90
Raquel and Matthew R. Marra '95
Heather H. and James J. Murren '83
Albert R. Subbloie, Jr. '82
Amy L. van der Velde '89 and C. Diederick van der Velde P'20
The Trinity College outdoor athletic fields look very different today than at this time last year and even vastly different than at the end of the 2016 fall playing season. No less than eight Bantam teams have been or will be playing and practicing on newly-renovated or newly-constructed fields during the current academic year.
The new fields at Trinity consist of Jessee/Miller Field, an all-weather Field Turf football/men's lacrosse field and 400-meter synthetic running track, a Field Turf baseball field, a natural-grass softball field and a new sand-based, natural-grass soccer field. The fields are tiered in elevation to blend into the natural contours of the site. A network of lit walkways have been provided to improve flow through the athletic complex.
"The new facility means a great deal to our program," said Trinity Head Softball Coach Caitlin Hitchcock. "It not only gives our current players the opportunity to play on a beautiful new field but it shows any prospective players that our program continues to move in the right direction. It's so exciting to see this project come to fruition and our program will benefit from it for years to come. It's going to be an amazing first season on our new field, we just can't wait."
The softball field, 200' to right and left field and 220' in center field, is a precision-graded, natural-grass field. The grass areas are underdrained and irrigated to provide the most consistent playing surface. The softball venue is accompanied by above-ground dugouts with two-tiered seating benches, bat and helmet cubbies and storage shelving. An all-weather synthetic surface was installed for the new hitting cages. The softball venue utilizes the existing bench seating on the hillside on the east side of the athletic complex currently used for the existing soccer field. A new net/padded backstop and 6' high black vinyl chain-link fencing accompanies the new field surface to complete the venue.