Baseball To Lead Off Season With Fundraiser, Alumni Game

Sam Houston State baseball alumni will step up to the plate in the name of camaraderie and support for current team members during one of the team’s only two fundraising events of the year on Feb. 2.

The festivities will kick off with the first alumni baseball game, which will pit alumni against current team members, beginning at 10 a.m. at Don Sanders Stadium.

Because this is the first year for the alumni event, the format of the game will depend on the number of alumni who turn out. Alumni of all ages are encouraged to attend and play.

“We are hoping to have older alumni play a game first, and the younger alumni scrimmage against our players,” said Philip Miller, assistant baseball coach. “We just want to get it out to as many alumni as possible and invite them to come. We will organize the ‘game’ according to response.

“This will also give everyone a chance to preview the 2013 Bearkat baseball team,” Miller said.

The cost to participate in the event is $10 per player, which includes lunch and a T-shirt. Families of alumni can watch for free and will receive a complementary lunch. Alumni interested in playing should bring pants, spikes, and a glove to participate. They shouldalso contact assistant coach Sean Allen at 936.294.4653 or to help the team get acount.
The event is free for the public to attend.

That evening, baseball supporters can meet the current team and preview the upcoming season with head Coach David Pierce during the annual banquet, beginning at 5 p.m. with a social hour, in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. There will also be a live and silent auction, and the night will be highlighted by recognizing current team members and also honoring the 1963 NAIA National Championship Baseball Team.

“This event helps us to offset our yearly budget as one of two major fundraisers: we have a golf tournament in the fall and the banquet in the spring,” Miller said. “The funds raised through these events help purchase and provide necessary things for our team to compete at the division-I level in baseball against all of the other major universities.

“It helps us to provide and pay for travel, uniforms, equipment, meals, facility upgrades and updates, and muchmore,” he said.

Single seats are available for $100 and tables, which seat 10, for $1,000. For more information, or to reserve a seat or table, contact Riley Kleppelid in University Advancement at or 936.294.2402.

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