Asbury Dedicates Renovated Baseball/Softball Facility

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WILMORE, Ky. — With the scent of spring in the air and the crunch of roasted peanuts underfoot, a group of students, faculty, staff and community supporters gathered on Saturday to dedicate the Kirkland Complex, a renovation of Asbury’s baseball and softball facilities.

“We are here for Kingdom purposes,” said Asbury President Sandra Gray at a ceremony on the baseball field. “Here we learn how to win and how to lose; we learn teamwork; we learn how to be teachable; we learn discipline and mental toughness.

“For all of you who had a part in this dream, I thank you. We’ll never know fully the impact and influence you have had.”

Throughout the morning, comments from players and leaders in the athletic department echoed a common refrain: The Kirkland Complex is about much more than sports.

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Senior Andrew Harris shared about using baseball as a platform for ministry at the dedication of the Kirkland Complex.

“We are extra blessed with the opportunity to play on this amazing field,” said senior shortstop Andrew Harris. “But there’s more than baseball going on in our program. We get to use our talents to spread His word, and more than winning or losing, we play to spread His glory.”

Funding for the Kirkland Complex was made possible through a gift from a friend of the University in honor of Dr. Jiles E. Kirkland, a 1950 graduate. Kirkland played baseball at Asbury for three years on an unofficial intercollegiate team before going on to serve 46 years in ministry through the United Methodist church in Florida.

The dedication marks the completion of the first phase of renovations. Improvements to the facilities include lighting; dugout upgrades; new fencing, backstop and warning tracks; bleacher and press box upgrades for softball; and a laser-graded field with new sod, a press box and stadium seating for baseball. Further construction, including indoor batting cages, concessions, restrooms and locker rooms, are pending further funding. To help support the continuing Kirkland Complex renovations, contact Asbury University Advancement at (859) 858-3511, x2104.

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