Fieldhouse

Lafayette starts construction on New Hitting Facility

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
Construction crews broke ground on Dec. 27 for the Morel Field House, an indoor batting facility that will be used by the Lafayette baseball and softball programs.

The generosity of Don Morel ’79, a former Lafayette pitcher, allowed for the construction of the facility, which is scheduled to be ready for use by the home portion of the 2011 baseball and softball seasons.

The facility will be situated between the existing baseball and softball playing fields. It will be an 80-ft. x 96-ft. building (7,680 sq. ft.) that features four batting tunnels, an Astroturf surface, four indoor pitching mounds, four hitting mats and three divider nets. There will also be a 21-ft. x 80-ft. area used for storage, warm-up and video analysis.

Morel ’79 is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of West Pharmaceutical Services in Lionville, Pa. Prior to his tenure with West Pharmaceutical, he conducted research with NASA and was a 1989 finalist in the NASA astronaut selection process as a mission specialist. He is also currently serving on Lafayette’s Board of Trustees.