Southeastern will face the Detroit Tigers in Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on February 22nd at the very first game of this 2019 Spring Training period.
In 2018, only six collegiate apps, all which are NCAA members had the chance to confront a Major League Baseball team during Spring Training. This marks SEU’s very first match at Joker Marchant Stadium because a 2-1 win on the Lakeland Flying Tigers on April 4, 2012.
“We are blessed just to have the chance to get out there and perform,” explained SEU baseball trainer Adrian Dinkel. “A lot of those men have dreams and hopes to perform at the level and they will get to see firsthand what that is like. It is something they will remember for the rest of their lives, and it is going to be fascinating for our training staff and our student body too.”
This marks the first time that the Fire will confront the Major League club. For the last 19 seasons, the Tigers had started their Lakeland program with Florida Southern.
“In Southeastern, one of those worth is community,” stated Southeastern Director of Athletics Drew Watson. “The Tigers are here since 1934 and also you can not place baseball and Lakeland collectively without believing Detroit Tigers. This chance for our college is outstanding.
“On the programs which were announced today, just two groups are playing baseball teams throughout the exhibition period,” explained Ron Myers, Director of Florida Operations for the Tigers. “Winning a national championship is a memory you will not ever forget, but I guarantee you, once you step on this discipline and move from the Detroit Tigersyour knees will be shaking, your heart will be pumping, and you are likely to have a great deal of fun”
Southeastern went 59-7 final year, going 8-0 at the NAIA postseason to assert the first NAIA national championship in any sport in school history.
“We strive to do so so we’re engaged from the Lakeland communityour gamers become excited by the faculty players’ energy, and we are very excited because of what Southeastern’s student body brings to the table,” explained Myers.