UTM will host Razz Classic, showcase Skyhawk Park plans
Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 2:52 pm
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will celebrate National Student-Athlete Day and showcase plans for a new baseball/softball building with a softball/baseball tripleheader set for Tuesday, April 13 at what will now be called Skyhawk Park. The event will be called the Razz Classic.
The new park includes the Bettye Giles Softball Field, Skyhawk Baseball Field and the new baseball/softball building, which should be completed by Nov. 18, 2010.
In the past, the Razz Classic has been in Jackson or Savannah. It is held each spring in memory of UT Martin alumnus, Bill Rasbach.
The Skyhawk softball team will host Belmont in a doubleheader set to begin at 4 p.m. at Bettye Giles Field. The second game is set for 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. The Skyhawk baseball team will host Lambuth. Action is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Skyhawk Field.
This will be the 10th year for the Razz Classic and the sixth year UT Martin’s baseball team has played in the event which benefits a scholarship fund for a local high school athlete.
UT Martin alum Bill “Razz” Rasbach was a former baseball player and a great ambassador for UT Martin who died too early in a tragic car accident.
“We are excited about several recent baseball/softball facility improvements, and we think the Razz Classic will be a great opportunity for many alumni to see these improvements and visit with former teammates,” said Phil Dane, UT Martin director of intercollegiate athletics.
“Over the last two years the seating has been replaced and lights have been installed at both fields. Most significantly, construction has begun on a 7,000 square-feet baseball/softball building, which will include offices, locker rooms, team areas, equipment space, a laundry, showers and a new concession stand with adjoining public restrooms. The new construction will also include a grand entry way to Skyhawk Park. Once inside the park, patrons will have access to Bettye Giles Field (softball) and Skyhawk Field (baseball).”