The Davis Athletic Complex is the result of Phase II of Albion's campaign to improve its outdoor athletic facilities.
The complex includes Alumni Field, the competition facility for the men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, Champions Stadium at Frank Joranko Field for baseball, Dempsey Field for softball and a grass area suitable for throwing events in track & field. All of the facilities are brought together by a main entrance and walkway.
The women’s soccer team had the honor of playing the first game on the Pro Grass surface for soccer and lacrosse on Sept. 4, 2016. The men's soccer team defeated Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Trine University, 6-0, in its first contest at the facility on Sept. 13. In addition to the playing surface, the facility includes seating for approximately 250 spectators, a media center and lighting allowing for night contests.
The baseball team played its first games at Champions Stadium at Frank Joranko Field on March 19, 2017, as the Britons split a doubleheader with non-league rival Defiance College. Defiance also provided the opposition for the first softball games played at the new Dempsey Field on March 29.
Boosted by a generous gift by Bud and Olivia Davis, construction started May 9, 2016 and was complete in time for the soccer teams to train when they returned to campus in August. Berkley, Mich., based Foresite Design is the general contractor and designer of the project. The project was dedicated Sept. 18.
Albion College firsts at the Davis Athletic Complex
First Games: March 19, 2017 (Albion split a non-league doubleheader with Defiance College, losing game one, 8-6, but rallying for a 14-5 victory in the nightcap)
First Pitch: A called strike by Mitch Shedlowsky at 1:03 p.m.
First Albion Baserunner: Jack Wyman drew a walk in the first inning of game one
First Albion Hit: Ron Williams singled in the first inning of game one
First Albion Extra-Base Hit: Justin Green hit a triple in the fourth inning of game one
First Albion RBI: Joe Turnbull hit a single, scoring Justin Dennis in the fourth inning of game one
First Albion Winning Pitcher: Patrick O’Brien threw three scoreless innings in relief in game two
First Albion Homerun: Jack Wyman in the first game of the April 9 doubleheader against Olivet College
First Game: March 11, 2017 (Albion 15, Otterbein 7)
First Goal: Harrison Palmer
First Assist: Zach Hubbell (on Drew Harm goal)
First Goalkeeping Victory: Trevor McManus collected 17 saves
First Game: March 26, 2017 (Albion 18, Franklin 6)
First Goal: Lauren Wiegand
First Assist: Marah Ranger (on Taylor Nelson goal)
First Goalkeeping Victory: Jenina Villabroza collected four saves
First Game: September 13, 2016 (Albion 6, Trine 0)
First Albion Goal: Bobby Budlong
First Game: September 4, 2016 (a 1-1 draw between Albion and Central, Iowa)
First Albion Goal: Domenique Sarnecky
First Albion Victory: September 7, 2016 (Albion 4, Saint Mary's 0)
First Albion Game Winning Goal: Riley Burnette
First Games: March 29, 2017 (Albion played Defiance College in a non-league doubleheader)
First Pitch: Thrown by Madison Kortas at 3:35 p.m.
First Albion Hit: Angela Hoffsis singled as Albion's leadoff batter in the first inning
First Albion Extra-Base Hit: Kara Suwarsky clubbed a double in the second game of the April 26, 2017 doubleheader against Calvin
First Albion RBI: Bri Charron hit a RBI single in the second inning of game two against Defiance
First Albion Victory: The Britons defeated Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Calvin College, 8-1, in the second game of the April 26, 2017 doubleheader
First Albion Winning Pitcher: Madison Kortas pitched the complete game (a run on six hits and two walks) in the 8-1 victory over Calvin