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Benedetti Diamond Gets a Much-Needed Facelift

Aug. 22, 2006

(San Francisco) - Fresh off the best season in program history in 2006, USF's Benedetti Diamond earned a much-needed renovation to its infield in a project started Monday, August 21. The Dons captured the first West Coast Conference regular season championship in program history last season, advancing to the first NCAA Regional in program history. Along the way the Dons set records for most wins in a season (39) and hosted the first postseason baseball series and first televised games at Benedetti Diamond (2006 WCC Championship Series).

San Francisco made its NCAA Regional debut at Lincoln, falling in the opener to Miami before shocking the baseball world by upsetting No. 6 national seed and regional host Nebraska in an elimination game.

All the infield grass was excavated and a completely new surface will be built from the ground up with new turf scheduled for installation this Friday. USF head coach Nino Giarratano believes the infield will make a dramatic difference for his team.

"This is a great step forward for us as we continue to renovate our playing facility," Giarratano said. "As our team continues to improve on the field, it is essential for Benedetti Diamond to keep the pace. Our facility has made some outstanding progress in the last few years, but there is still a long way to go. A brand new infield is a big step in the right direction. I would like to thank everyone who has generously contributed to this project."

For information on this and future plans for Benedetti Diamond, please contact Nino Giarratano at giarratano@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2934.