UCLA Baseball Alumni Game Moved to Saturday, Feb. 16

Jan. 25, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball program has moved its annual Alumni Baseball Game to Saturday, Feb. 16, due to heavy rains in excess of eight inches during the past 48 hours. UCLA's field crew anticipates that the new, state-of-the-art field surface at Jackie Robinson Stadium will not be usable by Saturday, Feb. 2, due to the recent downpour.

'With heavy rains in Los Angeles and the fact that our new playing surface just got put in, we're going to have to move our Alumni Game to Feb. 16,' head coach John Savage said. 'We want our alumni to take part in the first game on our new surface. For the safety of all the players, this is the best resolution.'

The 2008 Alumni Game will take place the weekend prior to the Bruins' home-opening series against Oklahoma. Former Bruin ballplayers will have the opportunity to be among the first to play on the newly-renovated field surface at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 16.

As in years past, viewing of the Alumni Game is free of charge to the public. The UCLA baseball program encourages past players, coaches and managers to participate in the afternoon's activities.

However, due to new NCAA rules pertaining to the start of the season, the Alumni will not scrimmage the current Bruins as in years past. Instead, the day's events will feature two exhibition games - one featuring Alumni playing Alumni followed by the 2008 Bruins competing in a six-inning intersquad contest.

Last season, over 80 former Bruins returned to Jackie Robinson Stadium for an enjoyable afternoon. The UCLA baseball program looks forward to an even greater turnout of former players and families this year.

HOW TO REGISTER - Registration for the Alumni Game is being handled by assistant coach P.C. Shaw. To RSVP for the 2008 Alumni Game, e-mail P.C. Shaw at pshaw@athletics.ucla.edu (phone: 310-794-8210). Please RSVP by Feb. 6 to confirm that you will be at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Please let Coach Shaw know your t-shirt size and jersey number. The UCLA baseball program would love to see as many of its former players back at the ballpark to honor our baseball alumni. Please spread the word to former teammates about this year's Alumni Game.

NOTES ABOUT THE REGISTRATION PROCESS - Admission is free to the Alumni Game; we do not need a list of your family in order to leave tickets. Stadium gates will open by 9:45 a.m. and participants should report to the third-base bullpen for the Alumni Check-In process. Participants will have the opportunity to take batting practice by 10:15, in order of arrival.

2008 UCLA Baseball Alumni Day Schedule

Time Activity
9:45 a.m. Check-in at third base bullpen
10:15 a.m. Batting practice (in order of arrival)
11:15 a.m. Clear field
11:30 a.m. Alumni vs. Alumni
12:30 p.m. Clear field
12:45 p.m. 2008 Bruins pregame
1:00 p.m. 2008 Bruins 6-inning intersquad
2:45 p.m. Food and drink down left field line
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