@uttylerbaseball to host Alumni Weekend (April 15-16)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler baseball program will honor Bob and Mary Irwin on Saturday, April 16 as part of a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the dedication of Irwin Baseball Field.

Irwin Field, which was made possible through a $1.2 million donation by Bob and Mary Irwin, was ceremonially dedicated on April 1, 2006 and has since become one of the best home fields in the nation. The Irwins will be celebrated before the first game of a doubleheader against Ozarks.

“Bob & Mary Irwin are dear friends of UT Tyler,” said VP for Student Affairs Howard Patterson. “As a former baseball player, Bob knew the value of a first class facility for recruiting and retention and he and Mary’s donation made the UT Tyler Irwin Ballpark a reality ten years ago.  We are very fortunate to have one of the premier baseball and softball complexes in the nation, thanks to the generosity of Bob & Mary Irwin.”

The ceremony will include a video presentation on the new video board in right field along and there will also be an Alumni Weekend celebration between games of the doubleheader. Those players returning have a pristine field and ball park to come home to thanks to the generosity of Bob and Mary Irwin. After the Patriots played their inaugural season in 2004 at Faulkner Park, the program was blessed to have Irwin Field constructed for the start of the 2005 season. Since moving on campus the Patriots are 231-48 on the field made possible by the Irwins.

“Patriots Baseball is gracious for, and extremely proud of, Irwin Field, and all that it represents for our program,” UT Tyler head coach Chris Bertrand said. “Because of its beauty and caliber, we are reminded on a daily basis of just how fortunate we are, and we are well aware that the generosity and contributions of Bob & Mary Irwin made it all possible for us to enjoy. Patriots Baseball is built on a solid foundation that we try to build on each day, and Mr. & Mrs. Irwin are the reason that the foundation is so strong.”

For information on Alumni Weekend please contact Danny Elzner at delzner@uttyler.edu.