WKU – Hot Rods team up again in 2011

3 02 2011

Obviously this was released earlier today, but here’s all the info on the WKU baseball team’s pair of games at Bowling Green Ballpark this season.

Per WKU:
Western Kentucky University and the Bowling Green Hot Rods announced Thursday that the Hilltoppers will host a pair of games at Bowling Green Ballpark this season. The April 5 meeting between WKU and the University of Louisville and the April 19 game between the Hilltoppers and the University of Kentucky will be held at Bowling Green Ballpark in downtown Bowling Green. This will mark the second year WKU has played at Bowling Green Ballpark.

“We are really excited about the opportunity to play at the Bowling Green Ballpark again this year and would like to thank Brad Taylor and the Hot Rods organization for their partnership in promoting baseball in the Bowling Green area,” WKU coach Chris Finwood said. “Beating Kentucky last year in front of the most people to ever see a college baseball game in the state of Kentucky was a great experience for our fans and our ballplayers. The atmosphere that night rivaled anything I’ve ever experienced during my years in the SEC. I don’t think anyone who was there will ever forget that night; I know I won’t. We are excited to be playing our two big in-state rivals Kentucky and Louisville downtown and hope to have the great support again for our ballclub.”

Last season, WKU and Kentucky played in front of a crowd of 6,183 fans at Bowling Green Ballpark, the first college game at the facility. The crowd was the largest ever to see a home WKU baseball game and the largest crowd to ever see a college baseball game in the state of Kentucky.

“We are excited to see the Hilltoppers return to Bowling Green Ballpark in April,” said Hot Rods President Brad Taylor. “These games give us a chance to show off our facility while continuing our partnership with a premier baseball program and first-class university.”

Kentucky and WKU will meet twice in 2011, which will be the 53rd and 54th all-time meetings between the schools. Kentucky holds a 30-22 series advantage. WKU swept the season series in 2010 and have won three in a row.

The Cardinals and the Hilltoppers will also play a home-and-home this season, marking the 125th and 126 all-time meetings between the two teams. WKU leads the series 65-59 despite Louisville sweeping the season series last year.

Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, a Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, opened prior to the team’s inaugural 2009 season. The facility drew more than 232,000 fans for Hot Rods games in its first season.

Tickets for the April 5 game against Louisville and April 17 game vs. Kentucky at Bowling Green Ballpark can be purchased now by calling the WKU Ticket Office at (270) 745-5222 and will be available online at wkusports.com starting February 8. The Bowling Green Hot Rods will not be handling any ticket sales. Gates will open at 4:00 PM, and first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM. The game at Bowling Green Ballpark is included in WKU’s baseball season ticket package. Information on season tickets can be found below.

2011 Season Ticket Information: Season tickets for the upcoming 2011 WKU baseball season are now on sale, and season ticket renewals have begun. Fans can call the WKU ticket office at (270) 745-5222 or stop by the ticket office in E.A. Diddle Arena for more information and to purchase season. The Hilltoppers open the 2010 season at home against Bowling Green State on February 18.

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