BILOXI, MS - The Biloxi Shuckers and William Carey Crusaders baseball team will meet in an exhibition game on April 4 at MGM Park, the teams announced Tuesday. The game, scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch, will serve as a fundraiser for William Carey University, whose campus was impacted by tornadoes in January.
The Brewers were interested in the Shuckers playing a preseason game prior to the season-opener in Montgomery on April 6, so when we heard about the destruction to the William Carey campus, we immediately reached out to see if we could partner with them on this event," said Shuckers general manager Chuck Arnold. "Not only are the Crusaders an outstanding baseball program, but this is a great opportunity for us to assist with their recovery efforts on campus."
All tickets for the game will be $7 for general admission seating, with all net ticket proceeds benefiting the William Carey tornado relief efforts. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.biloxishuckers.com, or through Ticketmaster beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 16. Tickets will be available at the Shuckers Box Office at the northeast corner of MGM Park when individual game tickets go on sale, March 6.
"We are very appreciative and grateful to the Shuckers for organizing this event. It will be a great day for our student-athletes, alumni, and fans," said William Carey athletic director DJ Pulley.
"Our team is very grateful for the opportunity to play one of the top minor league teams in a beautiful setting. I know our players will be excited to play that caliber of competition," said Crusaders head coach Bobby Halford.
In his 32nd season as head coach, Halford has led the Crusaders to 16 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships, six NAIA District 30 championships and participated in 18 NAIA Regional Tournaments. Halford has been named GCAC Coach of the Year eight times. The Crusaders are coming off a 40-21 season in 2016 and have won 30 or more games in each of the past four seasons.
The Shuckers played a pair of exhibition games leading into the 2016 season, falling to their parent club Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 on April 2 and defeating Jackson State University 17-0 on April 4.
All players will use wood bats, and the contest will last at least seven innings. The game serves as a final tune-up for the Shuckers before opening the 2017 season on Thursday, April 6 in Montgomery (Rays). The Shuckers will open their third season, and second full season at MGM Park, on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:35 p.m. against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds).
Article was written by Chris Harris Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting