LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball program will host its Second Annual “First Pitch Dinner” on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Thomas & Mack Center’s Strip View Pavilion. Fans, alumni, friends and family are invited to join the 2020 Rebels at the on-campus event, which will take place one week prior to the opening of the 2020 season at Earl E. Wilson Stadium against the Central Michigan Chippewas (Feb. 14-16).
The evening will include a reception, dinner and a keynote address from former Major League Baseball player and UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Ludwick. The Las Vegas native and Durango High School graduate concluded his collegiate career ranked fourth in home runs (43) and ninth in batting average (.363). As a Rebel, he was tabbed a First Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America in 1997, and earned All-Western Athletic Conference First and Second Team honors in 1999 and 1998, respectively. He was drafted 60th overall in the 1999 MLB First Year Draft by the Oakland Athletics and played for a total of six squads, including the Texas Rangers who he made his professional debut with in2002. While playing for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, Ludwick was named to the National League’s All-Star Team and would go on to win the Silver Slugger Award that same year.
We play a fun interactive game between the seniors and freshman at this event. This year, we will be making a $1,000 donation to the Miracle League in the name of the winning class.
“The UNLV Baseball Club is honored to make a $1,000 donation to The Miracle League of Las Vegas for the incredible work that this organization does in our community,” said UNLV Baseball Club Chairman Dale Eeles. “The Miracle League is a first-class operation and aligns with our mission to bring the game of baseball to as many individuals as possible. In addition to the donation, UNLV coaches and players have volunteered at The Miracle League for several years – to the benefit of both programs – and this partnership will only continue to grow in the future.”