A $1.8 million project funded by private gifts has added state-of-the art softball and baseball facilities to the Gene Bicknell Sports Complex.

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“We’re fortunate to have such tremendous private support,” said Jim Johnson, director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “It’s making a difference in the lives of our student-athletes and the success of our programs. With this project, we believe we’ll now have all of the facilities in place to be nationally competitive in all 12 of our programs.”

The project includes a new building just off of the third base dugout of the baseball field that will house a locker room, coaches’ offices, an indoor practice area for baseball, and four fan boxes overlooking the third base line and bullpen.

Approximately one-fourth of the existing practice facility southeast of the softball field is being converted into a locker room and coaches’ offices for softball. The softball program also will assume complete use of the remaining practice space located within the current building.

“It’s a major step forward for both of our programs,” said baseball head coach Bob Fornelli. “This is an example of why I came to Pitt State. This community and everyone at this university are committed to helping our students succeed on and off of the playing field.”

Last year, the university installed AstroTurf brand synthetic turf to both fields, also funded by private gifts.