The Boxers have not been able to play a home game this year due to extreme flooding. The baseball field is currently six feet under water and the Athletic Department was forced to take action over spring break.Chuck Bafaro Stadium has been converted into an Olympic size swim complex to accommodate the Pacific swim team.
Due to the team’s inactivity, and the abundance of water that sits on the outfield grass, the athletic department worked closely with contractors to use the water to fill the swimming pool.Head Coach Brian Billings said that it will be a hard transition for the team to start playing their games in the field house and that the rules of baseball will have to change if they are forced to play inside.
“The Boxers will adapt and recruit high caliber athletes to play the new style of baseball,” Athletic Director Ken Schumann said.
Sophomore Joey Galeno said that playing baseball inside is beneficial because he does not get sun burnt. Galeno said he is gets burnt too easily because in his hometown of Auburn, Washington he only sees the sun for a week per year.
“It is a new brand of baseball, playing inside, you have to bunt a lot,” Galeno said, “I guess I should probably get faster.”