The Clemson baseball program began semi-intentionally addressing its power problem on Tuesday when work began on a comprehensive $850,000 resurfacing project at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
As part of the long-planned renovation, home plate will be moved about eight feet farther from the backstop, in effect shrinking the dimensions of the playing field.
It's the second down-sizing in a little more than a decade at the Tigers' home field.
The current dimensions at DKS are 400 feet to straightaway center field, 320 to left field, 330 to right field, and 370 to both power alleys.
The field often plays larger, however, because of winds that regularly blow in off Lake Hartwell.
Home runs have been hard to come by at DKS since the NCAA changed specifications on its bats, a move prompted primarily by safety concerns.
Many coaches, including Clemson's Jack Leggett, have initiated discussion on changing the ball to a livelier one with minor league specifications, specifically utilizing a lower-profile stitching which gives the ball less drag. The discussion has yet to lead to a firm proposal.
Clemson's playing surface renovation is the first step in a larger project that will include reworking the Tigers' locker room area and adding other amenities to DKS.
Moving home plate farther from the backstop also allows the option of expanded field-level seating behind home plate.
The resurfacing project will retain the raised 'warning track' terrace in front of the outfield fence, and will include precision leveling and smoothing.
The contract for the playing surface renovation was awarded to Precision Turf, LLC in April.
ACC Baseball Stadium Dimensions
Clemson, Doug Kingsmore Stadium: 400 (392) CF, 320 (312 LF), 330 (322) RF (new stadium dimensions approximate)
Florida State, Dick Howser Stadium: 400 CF, 340 LF, 320 RF
Georgia Tech, Russ Chandler Stadium: 400 CF, 328 LF, 334 RF, 391 LC, 353 RC
Miami, Alex Rodriguez Stadium: 400 CF, 325 RF, 325 LF
North Carolina, Boshamer Stadium: 400 CF, 335 LF, 340 RF
Virginia, Davenport Stadium: 408 CF, 335 LF, 335 RF
N.C. State, Doak Field: CF 400, LF 320, RF 320
Virginia Tech, English Field: CF 400, LF 330, RF 330
Duke, Jack Coombs Field: 400 CF, 325 LF, 335 RF
Wake Forest, Gene Hooks Stadium: 400 CF, LF 335, RF 315
Boston College, Jack Shea Field: 400 CF, 330 LF, 320 RF
Pittsburgh, Charles Cost Field: CF 405, LF 300, RF 300
Louisville: Jim Patterson Stadium: 402 CF, 330 LF, 330 RF
Notre Dame, Frank Eck Stadium: 400 CF, 330 LF, 330 RF