University Park, Penn. — The Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Triple-A International League will host Penn State and Lafayette in the first-ever NCAA Division I baseball game in Coca-Cola Park, Wednesday, April 25 with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
“We’re excited to welcome Penn State, Lafayette and both teams’ fans and alumni to Coca-Cola Park,” said IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes. “Regardless of where your allegiance falls, it’s a unique opportunity to watch major college baseball in Minor League Baseball’s most visited ballpark since 2008.”
This season is the third in a row that the teams have matched up. Penn State has won the first two games, taking a 20-12 slugfest at Lafayette in 2016 and a 9-2 victory for the Nittany Lions at home in Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. For the 2018 return fixture, the Leopards will be the home team.
Penn State head coach Rob Cooper calls this game an “amazing opportunity,” not only for his players, but also for Lehigh Valley-area Penn State fans.
“The home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs is one of the premier minor league facilities in the country,” Cooper said. “We are extremely grateful to Kurt Landes and the IronPigs staff for helping this game become a reality. What a great opportunity to play in front of our Lehigh Valley-based Penn State alumni!”
Field-level tickets for this contest are on sale now for $11 (click here to purchase). Fans can also purchase a special $20 package that includes a field-level ticket to both the Lafayette-Penn State game the IronPigs’ Friday, Aug. 24 game vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre that is sponsored by Penn State Lehigh Valley. Tickets can be ordered through the IronPigs ticket office online or by phone at 610-841-PIGS (7447), extension 1.
Gates will open one hour prior to the first pitch.
It will be the second of two neutral site games in professional parks in April for Penn State. On April 10, Penn State will meet West Virginia at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, for a second consecutive year.