Titans Forced to Open Baseball Season at Amerige Park
The baseball field portion of the Titan Sports Complex will not be ready until early April, meaning Cal State Fullerton will have to open the 1992 season playing its home games in Fullerton’s Amerige Park, the school announced Monday.
Construction of the facility is complete, but according to baseball Coach Augie Garrido, turf experts were not satisfied with how the infield grass had taken root. The area was re-sodded last week and, with good weather, should be firm enough to play on by April.
“We’re disappointed, but that disappointment is based on what we want, not what’s right,” Garrido said. “When you get down to what the right thing to do is, we’re doing it. They didn’t have to replace the infield, but they want to deliver the best possible product.”
A mid-February evaluation will be made to see if the winter weather has produced suitable growing conditions for the sod to take hold. If unseasonably warm and dry conditions prevail, an earlier move to the new stadium will be considered at that time.
The Titans played all of their 1991 home games at Amerige Park, which has undergone major renovations. Fullerton is scheduled to open the season at home Feb. 3 against UCLA. Garrido said a game featuring Titan baseball alumni against the 1992 team will still be played Feb. 2 but at Amerige Park.