Lafayette dedicated its new, state-of-the-art indoor batting facility during a ceremony last week. The Morel Field House, located at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex, will be used by the baseball and softball programs.

The generosity of Don Morel ’79, a former Lafayette pitcher, allowed for the construction of the facility, which opened for use this fall. The building features four batting tunnels, an Astroturf surface, four indoor pitching mounds, four hitting mats, and three divider nets. There is also an area used for storage, warm-up, and video analysis.

Morel is the chairman and CEO of West Pharmaceutical Services in Lionville, Pa. Prior to his tenure with West Pharmaceutical, he conducted research with NASA and was a 1989 finalist in the NASA astronaut selection process as a mission specialist. He serves on the Lafayette Board of Trustees.