Sonny Pittaro Field
Sonny Pittaro Field measures 330 feet down each line and 405 feet to centerfield. The tree-lined field is located on the back of campus beyond the soccer fields and tennis courts. Amenities include an irrigation system, exceptional drainage, fencing and bullpen mounds, stadium seating and a press box. The field is named for former Rider head baseball coach Sonny Pittaro, who retired in 2004 after 34 years, 766 victories, eight NCAA tournaments and nine conference championships. Pittaro was inducted into both the Rider Athletics and American Baseball Coaches Association Halls of Fame.
To enhance on-campus facilities for the baseball and softball programs and to improve the flexibility of scheduling practices in the event of inclement weather, Rider University broke ground over the summer on a 7,000 square foot indoor practice facility on the Lawrenceville, New Jersey campus.
One year in the planning stage, the project is completed and the facility is scheduled for use, beginning in January, 2014.
“This 7,000 square foot indoor practice facility will dramatically enhance the day to day operations of our baseball and softball programs,” said Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum. “As with all of our facility enhancements over the last several years, the goal is to provide our student-athletes and coaches with the best possible facilities for player development and to arm our coaches with the necessary recruiting tools to succeed at a high level.”
The indoor facility will feature four batting cages, various practice work stations that can be customized for specific drills and an expansive area of turf for fielding and throwing practice.
“It will simply allow us to get the repetitions we will need to develop our players and their skill level,” said baseball coach Barry Davis who led the Broncs to 35 wins and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title in 2013. “It will certainly help our recruiting, giving top talent another reason to attend Rider University and play baseball.”