St Louis, Missouri – A polyurethane base was used in a pitch used by St Louis University Billikens baseball team.
The Shaw Sports Turf TruHop infield surface looks and plays like natural grass while beating the ever-changing Midwest weather, according to its developer. It was installed by local contractor Byrne & Jones Construction.
The system was developed by Shaw in collaboration with baseball Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz. The state-of-the-art surface, which has a polyurethane secondary backing, was designed to mirror the playability and performance afforded by real grass, but with much greater durability.
“TruHop is a high quality product which provides as true a bounce as you can get,” said head coach Darin Hendrickson. “It will allow us to be competitive in the Midwest, host some tournaments in the summer, and it will help with recruiting.”