Completed in December of 2009, the Virginia Tech Baseball Center is located just beyond the left field foul pole at English Field. The facility is more than 8,000 square feet in size and serves the Hokies in a number of capacities.
“Our baseball training facility is second to none, not only in the ACC, but also the entire country,” Tech head baseball coach Pat Mason said. “The platform that the facility provides our players is immeasurable toward their development in all facets of the game.”
The primary usage of the center, which players have 24-hour access to, is for hitting and features four separate batting cages enclosed in netting. This netting can be raised to expose an area that is nearly the size of a normal infield, if the team chooses to work on fielding or throwing.
The floor of the building is outfitted with field turf, which allows for a natural roll of the ball for such a purpose, while new for the 2013-14 season is a permanent mound that has been added in the back of the hitting stall in the far right.
On three sides of the center, the walls are equipped with large, garage-like doors that, when lifted, gives the area an open-air atmosphere. This also provides a great view of English Field, giving the program the ability to use it for special game-day events.
Also included in the center are three instructional video labs, one for pitchers, one for hitters, and one for general purposes. English Field is equipped with video cameras on both dugouts, behind the plate and in center field that can film pitchers and batters from either side of the plate, from the back or the front. Players can then view themselves on computer monitors in the labs for immediate feedback on form and execution.
Other features of the center include a secondary locker room area, where practice and game-day equipment and gear can be stored, and a workout area, which gives the players the ability to do cardio training, free weight training and speed and agility training.
The versatility of the center was certainly on full display back in June of 2013 as it served as the Media Center during the 2013 NCAA Blacksburg Regional. It housed the press conference area, a hospitality area, a viewing area and the work room for media personnel.
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