Building Buccaneer Baseball Lights Campaign
by CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern baseball team has made great strides in head coach Stuart Lake’s three seasons at the helm, including a 12-win improvement from the previous season that earned Lake the 2011 Coach of the Year honors and placed five Bucs on various all-conference teams. After making their improvements on the playing field, the Buccaneers will now also look to make improvements to their playing field as part of the Building Buccaneer Baseball program.
The Building Buccaneers Baseball Lights Campaign developed in 2011, starting on November 5 with the Building Buccaneer Baseball Golf Tournament held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The program has raised $60,000, including $10,000 from this year’s golf tournament, towards its goal of $200,000.
Home of the Bucs since 2000, CSU Ballpark has seen numerous renovations and upgrades since Lake took over the program in the fall of 2008. The park has added season ticket seating, general admission seating, a new net backstop, new bullpens, improvements to the playing surface and new fencing around the entire field, outfield drainage and a new scoreboard. In 2011 the Will Bedenbaugh Bullpen and the Dusty Rhodes Alumni Deck were dedicated in memory of catcher Will Bedenbaugh, who was killed in a car accident prior the season and local coaching legend Dusty Rhodes.
However, the lights campaign will be the most important step in bringing CSU baseball to a new level. Lights will allow the Bucs to play night games against some of the best teams in the nation and will allow CSU Ballpark to serves as a host location for national tournaments at both the collegiate and amateur level. It would also allow area high schools to play tournament and playoff games at the park, allowing the Buccaneers baseball program to be exposed to parts of the community that had previously been unable to see Charleston Southern University and CSU Ballpark.
To donate to the Building Buccaneer Baseball Lights Campaign, click HERE and follow these instructions:
- Click "Make a Gift" button
- Click the Athletics Tab on the right
- Select "Athletic Gifts"
- Select "Building Buccaneer Baseball" (second option)