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Stony Brook baseball holds first practice on Joe Nathan Field

This picture was put up by the Stony Brook Athletics Twitter page of the first practice at the brand-new Joe Nathan Field.
This picture was put up by the Stony Brook Athletics Twitter page of the first practice at the brand-new Joe Nathan Field.Seawolves Athletics

The Stony Brook University baseball team took the field at brand-new Joe Nathan Field for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, according to Stony Brook Athletics.

The Seawolves will be ready to play games on the field as early as next week.

A tweeted picture of the players during a practice session shows the first time the players have played on a baseball field on Stony Brook University's campus all year.

With the construction of the field going on during the spring semester, the Seawolves were forced to play their home games at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y.

Lacking a home field hasn't seemed to bother the players much though, as the team has cruised to a 34-10 overall record, 15-2 in America East play. The Seawolves are 2.5 games ahead of second-place Binghamton in the America East standings.

The regular season champion will host the America East championship tournament on May 25-27.

Joe Nathan Field will be completed in time for Stony Brook to host the tournament, should the Seawolves finish atop the regular season standings.

The new field, named for Minnesota Twins pitcher and Stony Brook alum Joe Nathan, moves the left- and right-field fences back from 320 to 330 feet and the center field fence in from 410 to 390 feet. The dugouts and bullpens were replaced, and the grass surface was also replaced with FieldTurf.

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