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UCSD baseball team looks to a bright future

By Jade Griffin

UCSD

The UCSD’s baseball team has something new to cheer about after getting a $100,000 gift from campus supporter and Athletic Board member William Scripps to launch an initiative to buy and install lighting on the campus baseball field.

The total cost of the baseball field lighting is estimated at $450,000.

Scripps is the grandson of Robert Paine Scripps and the great-grandson of E.W. Scripps, founder of the Scripps-Howard newspaper company, United Press International and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

“It’s important for the baseball team to have lights for their field,” Scripps said. “Lighting will give Triton athletes more play time, which is key to their success. It will serve as a great boost for the baseball program and our players.”

Last year, the UCSD baseball team placed fourth in the nation among Division II baseball teams, making it to the semifinals of the College World Series.

In addition to more practice time, field lighting will give the team the opportunity to host championships — something that has not been possible to date. Since the baseball field is also open for use by members of the community, the option of holding night games would allow the university to accommodate play for more youth groups and other college-age teams from off-campus as well.

“This donation and support for the lighting initiative illustrates just how supportive our campus and the local community is of our student-athletes’ success, both on the field and off,” said Earl Edwards, director of UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics. “These upgrades will provide our players with the opportunity for home field advantage at championships — with parents, alumni, friends and fellow students rooting from the sidelines.”

To pitch in

To learn more about how you can help UCSD secure lights for the baseball field, call (858) 534-3540 or e-mail dphilippi@ucsd.edu. To make an online gift, go to www.givetoathletics.ucsd.edu and click on ‘Give Now.’