LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The NM State baseball program has unveiled its brand new state-of-the-art indoor facility. The project was made possible due to a $900,000 donation from longtime NM State baseball supporters Mike and Judy Johnson.
“This facility was discussed at a dinner before the 2018 NCAA Baseball Regionals in Lubbock with Mike, Judy, Braun [Cartwright] and myself,” Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said.
“Mike and Judy really saw that his original gift in 2014 as well as their gift in 2014 for the turf helped move the needle competitively, so that encouraged them to give the gift for the training facility. This addition is nothing short of phenomenal. Not only is this a great tool for our student-athletes to use, but it puts NM State on a power-five level in terms of having an indoor facility for baseball. It’s everything we could have ever wanted. We’re unbelievable thankful, and I cannot thank Mike and Judy enough as this is going to make a huge difference for Aggie baseball.”
Ready for use ahead of the 2022 season, the facility is 4,500 square feet and features four cages and throwing mounds. There are large fans attached to the ceiling and the facility is fully enclosed on top and open on the sides for ultimate cooling and venting capabilities.
“This facility is really amazing, and does exceed my expectations,” Johnson said. “Having a facility like this will allow our players to come out at any time of the day or night to get some practice in. The more you practice, the better you become, so I think our team is going to be really good.”
Other features include indoor turf, a state of the art sound system and flat screen TVs.
“The addition of the indoor facility has been great for our program,” head coach Mike Kirby added. “Our guys have really taken advantage of it this fall. The facility will make an impact on our player development program, and is also a major recruiting tool that will help us continue to compete for some of the best players in our region and around the country. The entire Aggie baseball program cannot thank Mike and Judy Johnson enough. #AggieUp”
The Aggies opened fall practice on Thursday ahead of the 2022 season. More details regarding the Aggies’ fall schedule will be released at a future time.
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