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Posted: October 1, 2011 in Newspaper Articles

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Provost to throw first pitch for UTA night at Rangers Ballpark

Monday, 18 April 2011 17:44
Chris Bates, The Shorthorn staff
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Provost Donald R. Bobbitt will throw the first pitch at UTA’s night at the Rangers Ballpark for the first time in front of sold out sections filed with the UTA community.

University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said two sections of block seating were available for UTA’s section, but sold out within two and a half weeks for the game at 7:05 p.m. Monday.

Discounted tickets outside the block are still available for purchase and price depends on the section.

Last semester, only one set of block tickets were sold, this semester two sets were sold because of the success the Rangers had last year Sullivan said. She said only 750 tickets were sold for the UTA section this semester in order to save money. In spring 2010, 1000 tickets were sold and 750 tickets were sold in fall 2010, she said.

In its fifth year, the season sold out quick, and Sullivan said next semester’s night at the ballpark is still being discussed.

“We are contemplating whether to have a night next semester or not,” she said. “It all depends on when the season ends, last year it didn’t end until October.”

Tickets for block and individual seating were available online, and purchasers received a ticket print out. Ticket holders need to come to exchange the print out for the actual ticket in the lower level of the University Center at Student Activities. All tickets must be picked up by 5 p.m. Monday.

Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said last semester President James Spaniolo threw the first pitch, but because of scheduling conflicts, Bobbitt will be doing it this semester.

Bobbitt said he doesn’t need a lot of practice at throwing a baseball because he was a pitcher when he was younger.

“I played baseball for years with the American Legions,” he said.

He said he has never thrown in front of a crowd of that many people before and has seen people online not do so well.

“I have three sons who play baseball, and I promised them I would not embarrass them and not get the ball over the plate like in some YouTube videos,” he said. “I promise to get the ball over the plate.”

Laura Diaz, criminology and criminal justice senior, will be attending the event for the first time with three friends and said she is excited.

“I purchased the tickets because I love baseball,” she said. “I am more of a Yankees fan but like the Rangers, too, especially with the success they had last year.”

Sullivan said the event is great for the community.

“I think it’s one more example of how our community is coming together with how well all the Metroplex sports franchises are doing. It’s what we need,” she said.

Monday, the Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Discount tickets outside the UTA block are available at using the password rangers.


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