Charleston Southern’s baseball team hosted its first-ever night game on campus Friday night.
Well, sort of.
Mother Nature wrecked the school’s plans a bit as thunderstorms swept through the Lowcountry, forcing a halt in the game activities. An overflow crowd of former players, students, families and fans were able to witness ceremonial first pitches from several current and former players but the game between the Buccaneers and Presbyterian College itself barely got untracked.
Seven pitches and two outs into the first inning, the rains came hard and fast and the tarp was rolled out on to the field.
Before the rains moved in, the school put on quite a festival, complete with a block party on campus which included jump castles, live music, face-painting and barbeque dinners.
Kevin Futrell played at CSU in the early ‘90’s and works in the banking industry in the Lowcountry. He, along with several other former players, was instrumental in the fundraising efforts to pursue lights. Futrell was one of 11 ceremonial first pitches prior to the game.
CSU baseball Hall of Famer R.J. Swindle, the first CSU player to play in the Major Leagues, also threw out a first pitch.
“This is one of the most exciting days in the history of CSU Baseball,” said Futrell, whose brother Jamie also played at the school and once served as the program’s head coach. “The lights add a certain legitimacy to the program, both within the Big South Conference and within the Charleston community. Also, on some level, they enhance the legitimacy of the careers of all who have played or been part of Buccaneer Baseball. It is personally, satisfying to have played a small role in making the lights a reality.”
The two teams will play twice on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m., with the second game under the lights, which will end up the school’s first official complete night game.
School officials said Friday night’s tickets will be honored and the planned fireworks show will take place after the second game tonight.
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