(Seguin) - As Texas Lutheran looks forward to an exciting 2014-15 athletics season, TLU Director of Sports Information and Sports Marketing Tim Clark and Assistant SID Zach Bond will take a look back at the 2013-14 campaign. Clark and Bond will count down their Top 10 favorite moments, with a look at No.4 today.
From the sports they covered and from the moments they personally experienced, Clark and Bond recount their experiences in these moments to give fans a little bit of an inside look at the past year. “We hope you enjoy these flashbacks to a wonderful year in TLU sports history,” Clark said.
Tim's No. 4 – TLU Announces Plans for New Stadiums
When Dr. Stuart Dorsey took over as TLU president, he promised that campus improvements would be made and that orange construction netting would be a common sight.
On Sept. 4, 2013, Dorsey gathered an interested campus community into the Alumni Student Center to announce that the university would embark on a major athletics facilities building program.
The new plan called for an on-campus football and track & field stadium, a new softball stadium, and improvements to the current baseball facility (Katt-Isbel Field).
In addition, a 2,000-square-foot structure for concessions, restrooms, tickets and storage would be constructed between the baseball and softball fields.
"We know that the (new facilities) will be a major leap forward for the experience of our student-athletes, and for all of our students by bringing more activity to campus and improving our intramural sports program," said Dorsey.
The new softball stadium, Ed Kruse Stadium, opened on March 27, 2014 and was dedicated on April 12.
Lights for Katt-Isbel Field were used for the first time in a game on April 4, 2014. Bulldog Stadium, the new football and track & field stadium, will be dedicated on Sept. 6, 2014.
The Bulldogs host Sul Ross State on Sept. 6 for the first on-campus TLU football game since the mid-1930s.
Zach's No. 4, Dedication of Ed Kruse Stadium
Although TLU's final home softball series of the regular season wasn't its first games played at brand-new Theos Morck Field at Ed Kruse Stadium, that last Saturday-afternoon doubleheader against Centenary was still special.
Prior to the doubleheader, Kruse Stadium was formally dedicated, with a short speech by TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey and first pitches tossed out by Ed Kruse and Terry Morck Richter highlighting the ceremony.
Everything came together perfectly that day: the weather couldn't have been better, the stands were packed, there was free Blue Bell Ice Cream and, most importantly, the Bulldogs finished up a record-setting regular-season before embarking on an historic post-season.
It was simply a perfect open to a new, exciting era in TLU Softball.
Following the ceremony, freshman Samantha Yenne came out and tossed a complete-game one-hitter.
The Bulldogs swept the doubleheader, beating Centenary 5-0 and 10-0 and outscoring the Ladies 37-0 over four games. The doubleheader sweep gave the Bulldogs 11 straight wins to end the regular season.
Tim's Top 10 Moments in TLU Athletics for 2013-14
No. 4 - TLU Announces Plans for New Stadiums
No. 5 - Fifth Straight Title for Women's Track & Field
No. 6 - The Brilliance of Sofia Vega
No. 7 - Monique Anderson Concludes Magnificent Career
No. 8 - Football's Comeback Win at Trinity
No. 9 - Women's Basketball Comeback at Home v. Trinity
No. 10 - First Night Baseball Game at Katt-Isbel Field
Zach's Top 10 Moments in TLU Athletics for 2013-14
No. 4 - Dedication of Ed Kruse Stadium
No. 5 - Miki Roberts Puts the Bulldogs Through
No. 6 - Alejandro Martinez Comes Up Clutch Again
No. 7 - Chance Cathey's Captivating Run at the SCAC Championship
No. 8 - Softball Sets a Tone with SCAC Sweep
No. 9 - Men's Basketball's Overtime Thriller at Centenary
No. 10 - Tim Schaffer's SCAC-Opening Heroics