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2013 Furman Baseball Yearbook

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2013 FURMAN UNIVERSITY p BASEBALL Latham Baseball Stadium LATHAM BASEBALL STADIUM O ne of the first on-campus facilities constructed (1956) prior to Furman University's move from downtown Greenville in the late 1950s, Latham Baseball Stadium, named in honor and memory of Dr. John T. and Gloria Latham, the parents of former Paladin All-Southern Conference performer and Furman benefactor Tommy Latham and his family in May of 2008, possesses as much charm and character as any baseball complex in the league. Located in the heart of Furman's modern athletics complex on one of the nation's most scenic campuses, Latham Stadium boasts an outstanding, well-maintained playing surface of Bermuda and rye grass known for its consistency and smoothness. With seating for 2,000, the stadium offers fans an excellent venue for enjoying collegiate baseball. In 2001, Latham Baseball Stadium underwent a significant improvement with the addition of lights that meet standards for Double A and Triple A professional baseball. On April 13, 2001, the Paladins hosted Southern Conference foe UNC Greensboro in the first home night game ever played on campus. In December of 2012 the university opened the Furman Baseball Complex, which represents Phase 1 of $3.7 million in facility enhancements at Latham Stadium. The complex is located just beyond the stands down the first base/right field line and includes coaches' offices, locker rooms for both coaches and players, player lounge, training and equipment rooms, laundry, and spacious indoor batting and pitching cages. Constructed over a period of 10 months, the $2.2 million, 11,000-square foot facility was designed by McMillan, Pazdan, and Smith and built by SYS Constructors — both of Greenville. Fund-raising for Phase 2 of facility enhancements at Latham Stadium is now underway with the goal of improving the fan experience. Plans include a new backstop, press box, concourse, concessions, public restrooms, and additional chair back seating. 38 Phase 2 will enhance the fan experience and include a new press box, concourse, concessions, public restrooms, and additional chair back seating. Since its opening on March 20, 1956, Latham Baseball Stadium has served as the home of six Southern Conference championship teams, including the 2005 Paladin squad that advanced to the NCAA Atlanta Regional after claiming the league's tournament championship. Latham Baseball Stadium measures 330 feet down the left and right field lines, 350 feet to left center field, 371 feet to the right center field power alley, and 393 feet to the center field fence.

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