“The Rogers, Thames
and Welch Baseball
Center brought a new
dimension to our
program, and the
Since its opening in 1984, Southern Miss’ Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field
has been one of the premier collegiate baseball facilities in the South. Now with the
addition of the Rogers, Thames and Welch
Baseball Center, this facility has elevated its
status even more.
The facility was made possible by numerous donors, with major contributions from
Charles “Bubba” and Sharon Rogers, Clay
and Cindy Thames, Scott Thames and Nick
and Gigi Welch, who provided the majority
of the total cost of the facility.
In November of 2000, Southern Miss
broke ground on the project, the foundation
was laid in December and the walls and roof
were completed in January. In August 2001,
the baseball center opened its doors and
what was once a dream, became a reality.
The 6,000-square foot facility, adjacent to
the first base side of the park, was completed and in use for the 2002 baseball season.
With the addition of the center, current
and future Southern Miss players have a
home that rivals that of any other institution
in Conference USA, if not the country.
Head Baseball Coach