Spuhler Field Rated Third in the Nation

Posted: May 25, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Raymond H. “Hap” Spuhler Field, George Mason’s baseball facility, has been rated third in the Beam Clay College Baseball Diamond of the Year Awards. Shively Field at the University of Kentucky was selected as the winner in the college division for 1999-2000, and L. Dale Mitchell Park at the University of Oklahoma was rated second.

The award honors excellence and professionalism in maintaining outstanding, safe, professional-quality baseball diamonds. The competition was judged by a panel of four major league head groundskeepers, including Roger Baird of the Chicago Cubs, Heather Nabozny of the Detroit Tigers, Gary Vandenberg of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Steve Wightman of the San Diego Padres. This is the 14th consecutive year the Diamond of the Year Award has been given. The award is sponsored by Beam Clay, the Sports Turf Manager’s Association, and sportsTurf magazine.

The surface at Spuhler Field, which opened in 1986, is considered one of the best in the Mid-Atlantic region. Maintained with the assistance of an underground sprinkler system, the turf is composed of 70 percent bluegrass and 30 percent rye, and the dirt area consists of a mixture of clay, silt, sand, and calcinated clay. Jimmy Rodgers, the grounds supervisor at George Mason for the past five years, is in charge of the maintenance of the field and is assisted by Mike Sullenberger and Matt Mahoney.

“The fact that Spuhler Field has now been nationally recognized is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of Jimmy Rodgers and his staff,” says Patriot head baseball coach Bill Brown, who recently completed his 19th season at the helm of the George Mason program. “The commitment they make allows us to have the privilege of competing on one of the finest playing surfaces in college baseball.”

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