Thursday, April 24, 2008

Busy Saturday Set for Wittenberg Softball

Wittenberg softball hosts its regular season NCAC finale Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Allegheny. But the Tigers have more on their minds than the Gators.

Saturday they will host the program's first-ever Strike Out Cancer event at Betty Dillahunt Field to honor former Wittenberg Women's Basketball Head Coach and Associate Director of Athletics Pam Evans Smith. All money raised on Saturday will be donated to cancer research in her name.

Money is being raised through the sale of Strike Out Cancer T-shirts, which were designed by a girl from nearby Tipp City, Ohio, who lost her mother to breast cancer a year ago. Pre-ordered T-shirts were sold for $8, and they will also be on sale the day of the game for $10. Hats, totes, backpacks, wrist bands, socks and bags will also be on sale at the game, with all money raised going toward the Pam Evans Smith '82 Memorial Scholarship fund. Smith's husband, Roger, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and both teams will be wearing special uniform shirts. The Wittenberg coaching staff plans to wear shirts with the No. 42 on the back in honor of Smith, who wore that jersey number during her collegiate basketball playing days at Wittenberg.

Admission to the game is free, but donations will be accepted on the day of the game. Saturday is also Softball Alumni Day and a Code Red event, meaning all students are encouraged to attend wearing special Wittenberg T-shirts. It will also be "dime-a-dog" day at Betty Dillahunt Field and entertainment is planned between games, including a tricycle race around the bases.

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