McKie Field at Hayden Park
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Ex-Houston Astro and Miami ballplayer Bill Doran '79 officially started that first game by throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Don Crain '70. Tossing the real first pitch for the RedHawks was senior Russ Bayer to Purdue's Adam Fazio. Four pitches later on a 3-1 count Fazio slapped a single through the right side for the first hit at RedHawks' new confines.
McKie Field is complete with a fully operational pressbox, a 12-seat luxury suite, two heated dugouts with bathrooms, the Smokey Alston luxury room, two separate bullpens from the field, as well as an indoor hitting facility in leftfield foul territory. The field can accommodate over 1000 fans easily and has a picnic area located out of play down the rightfield line.
The scoreboard, located in deep leftcenter field, is complete with a message board at the bottom. The RedHawks are getting a new feature to the scoreboard in 2004 as the speed of each pitch thrown will show up on the scoreboard.
Last year, the pressbox was named the "Dave Young Pressbox" in honor of former Sports Information Director Dave Young.
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2002
Temperature: 52 degrees, sunny with scattered clouds
First Pitch (time): 12:59 p.m.
Home Plate Umpire: Randy Bachman
Final Score: Boilermakers 8 - RedHawks 0
Time of Game: 2:19