Charleston Southern Baseball and CSU Ballpark will be adding lights for the 2013 season, CSU administration announced on Wednesday.
Work will begin immediately on the addition to CSU Ballpark and is slated to be finished in time for the second half of the Bucs' 2013 home schedule.
"Today is a proud day for me, as an alumnus of Charleston Southern University, and for the entire CSU baseball program," Bucs head coach Stuart Lake said Wednesday. "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. I cannot thank (CSU President) Dr. Jairy Hunter enough for making this dream of so many CSU players, both current and former, a reality. We look forward to our first night under the lights at CSU Ballpark very soon."
The addition is a result of the "Building Buccaneer Baseball Light Campaign" which began two years ago. The campaign and new lighting for night games should set the stage for visits from some of college baseball's elite in future seasons.
"Field Lighting for the CSU Baseball Stadium is another step towards building a successful program and athletic experience for our student-athletes, coaches, and fans," CSU Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics Dr. Rick Brewer said. "We are extremely thankful for the support of our donors who have contributed to this effort for the CSU Baseball program. The opportunity to host games with members of elite NCAA programs will enhance the campus life experience for our baseball players and student body. Indeed, this is a major step forward for CSU Athletics.
The Bucs open the season on February 15 with a three-game series against Eastern Kentucky. The Bucs open the home portion of their Big South schedule on March 29-30 with a three-game series against UNC Asheville. CSU also plays hosts to Ohio State (March 12) and faces crosstown-rivals The Citadel and College of Charleston numerous times. The Bucs were 20-35 a season ago and 11-13 in Big South play.