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Saluki Baseball Has a New Look

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP)- The $4.2-million makeover of Southern Illinois University’s baseball stadium in Carbondale is finished.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/1hjiC4P) reports the renovated ballpark now named after one of the Salukis’ celebrated coaches was christened on Wednesday.

The work wasn’t included in the university’s 10-year, $83-million Saluki Way improvement project announced in 2005. The university system’s governing board approved a $5 million budget in 2012 for the stadium, with $2 million coming in private donations.

The retooled Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium bears the name of the retired coach who went 738-345-5 in Carbondale. He was a two-time NCAA national coach of the year and led the Salukis to 10 NCAA tournament appearances, including three trips to the College World Series.

The Salukis were the national runner-up in 1971.

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