On Sunday April 23rd, Rowan University had their Grand Slam BBQ and Alumni Day baseball game on the Bunce Green. The game was a double header and the Rowan University baseball team was hosting Kean University which is located in Union, New Jersey.
Rowan University encouraged baseball alumni and their families to attend the game.
I decided to attend the game with my roommate Patrick early on Sunday, both of us woke up early so we were able to make it to the game. As we walked to the game we did not expect it to be too crowded since it was on an early Sunday morning; but to our surprise their was a decent amount of people.
As we arrived on the Bunce Green the first thing we saw was an array of inflatable bounce houses, one had a slide, and another one was shaped like a small castle. There was a lot of children playing inside of them and I thought that Rowan had something for the younger kids to keep them engaged.
People were also outside on the Bunce Green playing lawn games, or playing with frisbee’s that they had the opportunity to paint at one of the tables.
In addition, there was also a variety of different food stands such as a smoothie stand, water ice stand, lemonade stand, and even an area that was serving food. Rowan University staff, alumni, and family to the baseball team worked to serve hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, sandwiches, as well as other BBQ goodness for the attendees to eat.
Students crowded around the BBQ area and the burgers almost disappeared in the blink of an eye which makes sense especially since college students love free food! I am a huge burger guy myself so I made sure that I actually grabbed a burger or two for myself before turning my attention to the game.
At the beginning of the game the announcers took time to announce some of the Rowan University baseball alumni. After that the seniors on the team were then recognized with their families.
After the senior players were recognized it was time to play ball, and with such beautiful weather on a spring day many people were excited for some baseball!
Rowan University managed to dominate Kean University, and the audience cheered as the team won the first game 9-2. Here is a table showing the scores of the game by the inning.
On the other hand, the second game was closer the table below shows the scores of the games by the inning for the second game.
I interviewed outfielder Michael Decker who is a sophomore here at Rowan and I asked him what he thought they did well in order to win the game.
“Well to win I think it is important that you play well on both sides of the field,’ Decker said. “Offensively I think we played offense and defense very well and I think that helped us to win the game,” Decker added.
I also spoke with first basemen Joe Sadler who is Junior here at Rowan and I asked him what he likes about being on the team.
“With this team I think the relationship we have with each other is really strong,” Sadler said. “Everyone on the team supports each other whether someone is up at bat or you are out in the field, we are like one big family,” Sadler added.
Furthermore, I also had the opportunity to talk about Coach Dickson and asked him what he thought about the event.
“I am glad that there was such a huge turnout for the event,” said Dickson, “It is awesome that so many people came out to see our guys play and the alumni get recognized.”
Dickson also went on to talk about senior day
“We have some hard working seniors on the team and I am sure that they are happy to be recognized for their hard work today.”
Overall I had a great time today I am already looking forward to the Grand Slam BBQ & Alumni Day game next year!