By Mike Knipper, February 29, 2016
WARRENSBURG, MO – Mules Baseball will officially dedicate the new artificial playing surface at Crane Stadium/Tompkins Field in a pregame ceremony before the Mules take on Pittsburg State on Friday, March 4. Game time for the Mules' 2016 home opener is set for 2 p.m.
The new synthetic playing surface was made possible by a gift from Jim Crane, UCM alumnus and owner of the Houston Astros.
Crane, along with UCM President Chuck Ambrose and UCM Director of Athletics Jerry Hughes, will take part in a pregame ceremony to dedicate the new field, which bears the name of Crane's coach while at UCM, Robert N. Tompkins. Crane will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch.