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Central Michigan University baseball program receives $1 million capital commitment

State-of-the-art indoor training facility becomes reality with program’s largest donation

Contact: Rob Wyman

​​The largest financial commitment ever made to the Central Michigan University baseball program will bring a state-of-the-art indoor baseball training facility to CMU's campus.

An anonymous $500,000 gift, one of the largest in athletic department history, was made in support of the Performance Development Center, a privately funded capital project that will bring the indoor training facility to Theunissen Stadium. The donor also pledged another $500,000 as a dollar-for-dollar match toward all new commitments made to the center.

"The Performance Development Center will allow our players to hone their offensive and defensive skills year-round in a climate-controlled environment,"

Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. "This will be one of the finest training and instructional baseball facilities in the country."

The center will enable the baseball team to better develop its hitting, pitching and fielding skills. The 7,170-square-foot facility, to be located on the northeast corner of Theunissen Stadium, will include three regulation-size indoor batting cages and clay pitching mounds. The facility will be accessible from the Keilitz Clubhouse and from the field and home bullpen areas.

CMU head baseball coach Steve Jaksa was named the 2015 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year.

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