CSU Ballpark is set for its first night game

  • Thursday, April 18, 2013

Former Stratford standout Bobby Ison and the Charleston Southern Buccaneers will play their first home game under the lights Friday night. SHANE ROPER/FOR THE GAZETTE

The Charleston Southern Buccaneers will host Presbyterian on Friday their first game under the lights. First pitch is at 7 p.m.
The lighting of CSU Ballpark is the culmination of a fundraising campaign that began two years ago. The Bucs will celebrate the evening with festivities, which will include North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey tossing out the first pitch, a pre-game block party (free meal for CSU students with a meal plan), as well as number of in-game giveaways and promotions.
“So many people have worked very hard for this day to be a reality. Dr. Rick Brewer, Hank Small, Luke Blackmon, Nick Cimorelli and all the members of Building Buccaneer Baseball have been tireless in this process,” Bucs head coach Stuart Lake said. “I cannot thank (CSU President) Dr. Jairy Hunter enough for making this dream of so many CSU players, current and former, a reality. We look forward to our first night under the lights at CSU Ballpark.”
The Buccaneers will get the most out of their new lights to close out the 2013 season. The first pitch of Saturday's game with Presbyterian has also been moved to the evening. First pitch is at 6 p.m.
All of Charleston Southern's home games for the remainder of the 2013 season will begin at 6 p.m., with the lone exception being Sunday's game with the Blue Hose. It will still be played as scheduled at 2 p.m.
It has been a year of new facilities and growth for Charleston Southern Athletics.
“The addition of lights to the CSU Ballpark is another major step forward for CSU,” CSU Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics Dr. Rick Brewer said. “We're extremely grateful for each donor who helped bring this project to fruition. This past year we've witnessed the addition of several campus facilities including: Phase 1 of the Athletic Center (football and track locker rooms), Softball stadium multi-purpose facility, new locker rooms for several men and women programs, and lights for the Baseball stadium. These initiatives along with enhancements to playing surfaces and expansion of scholarships for women's sports this past year underscores CSU's commitment to excellence as a member of the Big South Conference and NCAA Division 1.”

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