BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Two of Birmingham's own baseball teams are set to square off in an exhibition game on April 7, as Birmingham-Southern College visits Regions Field to take on the Birmingham Barons. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game is open to the public.
BSC's president, General Charles Krulak, will throw out the first pitch of the game and be honored prior to his upcoming June 1 retirement. Senior basketball player Larry Thomas will also be honored for recently becoming the program's all-time leading scorer.
The BSC Panthers, led by eighth-year Head Coach Jan Weisberg, are currently ranked seventh in the nation by D3baseball.com and are 12-0 on the season. BSC won the 2014 Southern Athletic Association title and appeared in the 2014 NCAA South Regional in Demorest, Ga.
"We are very excited about the opportunity that the Barons have given us to play at Regions Field," Weisberg said. "This will be an exciting night for our players to be able to play the Barons. Regions Field and the Birmingham Barons have done so much for our community, and we thank them for allowing us to be a part of a great night."
It will not be the first time the two squads have met, as they previously faced off on April 2, 2002, when the Panthers were an NCAA Division I program. The Barons won that game, 2-1, at the Hoover Met. Birmingham-Southern went on to win more than 30 games that season while the Barons were crowned Southern League champion for the 13th time in franchise history.
"Over the years we have hosted numerous pre-season exhibition games with local schools that have provided their student athletes a great experience in playing against a professional baseball team," Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson said. "We are proud to partner with Birmingham-Southern College and look forward to hosting their students, faculty, administration and alumni at Regions Field April 7."
Tickets will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for high school and middle school students, with kids under 12 admitted free; the game will also be open to Barons season ticket holders. BSC students, faculty, and staff will be able to request free tickets through the Birmingham-Southern Student Government Association (SGA).