Cortland Lone College Recipient of 2018-19 ABCA/Turface Field Maintenance Scholarship

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The SUNY Cortland baseball program has been awarded the 2018-19 College Division American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Turface Athletics Field Maintenance Scholarship Award for its work on maintaining Wallace Field, its home venue.

The award, which originated in 1995, recognizes the efforts of college and high school coaches who work hard to maintain their fields. Nomination information included age of facility, type of use it receives, the community it serves, and the number of "groundskeepers" responsible for its upkeep. Cortland is the only college to earn the award this year, and is just the fourth NCAA Division III school since 2001 to be honored.

For winning the award, Cortland baseball will receive three tons of Turface MVP field conditioner as well as $250 each of the next two years for field maintenance equipment from Turface Athletics.

"We appreciate the ABCA and Turface recognizing a Northeast school for this award. Our players and staff put in a lot of time and effort on our field, which allows us to get a lot of home games in despite the area's unpredictable climate," said Cortland 20th-year head coach Joe Brown. "I look forward to accepting the award at the ABCA national convention in Dallas in January."

Last season Cortland played 20 home games at Wallace Field, including seven in March and eight in the first 15 days of April. The Red Dragons have averaged more than 15 home games per season over the past 11 springs.