After losing 9-1 at Charleston Southern on March 15, the Savannah State baseball team defeated St. Augustine’s 9-5 on March 19 and swept a double-header from Maryland-Eastern Shore on March 20 by scores of 13-3 and 3-2. In the win over St. Augustine’s, Blake Lee hit a three-run home run. In the win over UMES, Michael Allegretti struck out seven batters and Jon Ross hit a solo homer in the opener while in the nightcap, Ken Jones stole third for the game winning run in the sixth inning. The win gives SSU a 6-11 record.
Jones Wins 400m
Amara Jones won the women’s 400m race at the Charlotte 49er Classic held March 18-20 while representing Savannah State. Alisha Nelson (high jump) and Sharonda Redfield (long jump) placed third for the SSU women. Finishing third for the SSU men were Erip Plump (100m), the 4x100m relay team and Shawn Sovnenir (triple jump and long jump).
Dominique Worthen shot a tournamnet low 149 to lead Savannah State to a second place finish at the Florida A&M Spring Invitational played March 20 & 21 Killearn Golf and Country Club in Tallahassee, FL. Worthen, a freshman from Macon, GA shot a 72+75. Daniel Hanania shot a 155 for SSU. Bethune-Cookman won the event with a team score of 613 followed by SSU (626) and FAMU (633).
SSU To Renovate
Officials at Savannah State recently announced renovation plans for its football stadium. When completed in the summer of 2011, the new Theodore A. Wright Stadium will accommodate 8,000 patrons – 4,500 on the home side and 3,500 on the visitor side – in a combination of bleachers and seats. The existing concrete bleachers will be ground up and used during construction. Nearly all stadium structures will be demolished as part of the upgrade, but the skybox, built in 2008, and track and field will remain intact. An elevator and restrooms will be added to the skybox and team locker rooms, concession areas and restrooms for the home and visitor sides of the stadium will be constructed. A 500-seat student section will be located below the President’s Club section, and the SSU Student Government Association will have its own skybox for use during football games. The stadium renovations – and construction of a new student complex, also slated to begin in July – will be financed by the Georgia Higher Education Facilities Authority (GHEFA), which enables pooled financing of multiple projects under a single bond issue to help fund capital projects for the University System of Georgia and Department of Technical and Adult Education. SSU students voted last year to begin paying in the fall an extra $150 semester fee to help fund both the stadium renovations and student center construction, expected to cost a combined $17 million. The expected cost for stadium renovations are $4.5 million. Students were involved in the design process for both projects and will be able to use the stadium for other events at no additional cost.