The Saint Vincent College Department of Athletics has announced that the Bearcat baseball team’s Monday, March 4, doubleheader against Hilbert College will take place at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida, the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The first game will begin at 10 a.m.
“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to play at a ballpark with such a long, rich history,” said Saint Vincent head baseball coach Mick Janosko. “The fact that it’s the Pirates’ spring training home makes it even better.”
The team travels to Florida annually during spring break to get the season underway under fair weather conditions.
Saint Vincent’s 2019 season will begin on Sunday, March 3, in Auburndale, Florida against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Hilbert games in Bradenton will be the team’s only doubleheader for the week. In all, the Bearcats will play seven varsity games in Florida before returning home to Latrobe.
The Saint Vincent baseball team visited Pirate City back in 2006, as the team squared off against Pirate prospects on one of the complex’s auxiliary fields. This will be the Bearcats’ first opportunity to play at LECOM Park, and the games will count as official NCAA competition, as this year’s games are against another collegiate program.
“A lot of Pirate fans, including our Saint Vincent alumni, make their way to Florida during spring training,” Janosko said. “This should be an experience that our players will never forget. We are very grateful to the Pirates for this opportunity.”
Local fans and area snowbirds are welcome to attend the games at LECOM Park.
Photo: The Pittsburgh Pirates in action at LECOM Park in March 2018
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