The Birmingham Barons will play host to the UAB baseball team in a pre-season scrimmage on Tuesday, April 3, at Regions Field with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.
"We started doing a community-type game where we (Barons) play a local college that normally does not play in a ballpark like Regions Field," Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson said. "The intent is to provide the student athletes a fun and memorable opportunity to play in a venue like this and allow their student body, administration, alumni and all supporters to enjoy such a game event."
The Barons began the scrimmage in 2014 hosting NCAA Division II member Miles College. The offer was extended to Division III Birmingham Southern in 2015 and then Miles College again in 2016.
"While UAB uses Regions Field as their primary home field we are still proud to continue our commitment in partnering with a local college, allowing their student athletes to play a game versus highly rated Major League prospects and provide UAB's students, administration, alumni and supporters a chance to see their Blazers face the Birmingham Barons."
The contest will also double as the culmination of a busy week following the team's arrival from Spring Training in a lead up to the Barons' 2018 season-opener at Southern League North Division rival Chattanooga on April 5.
Birmingham looks to improve upon last year's fifth-place SL North finish, calling upon much anticipated talent from Major League Baseball's second-ranked farm system to bolster the Opening Day roster.
Tickets for the scrimmage are available through the UAB Ticketing Office with prices set at $7 for adults and $5 for children. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
For more information on tickets, please call the UAB Ticketing Office at 205-975-8221.
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