Dec. 16, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler baseball team will get a small taste of the Major Leagues this spring when it takes on Horizon League opponent Milwaukee at Miller Park - home of the Milwaukee Brewers - on May 14.
The Bulldogs and Panthers will face each other in a double-header beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. CT) following the Brewer's noon contest against the Florida Marlins.
"Our players have been fortunate at Butler to play in some beautiful professional ballparks, including Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field), Victory Field and Miller Park," head coach Steve Farley said. "Playing a quality Division I team in a pro park is as good as it gets for a college baseball player, and we are excited to have the opportunity this season."
Butler will battle Milwaukee in Miller Park for the first time since 2007, when the Bulldogs split a twin-bill on April 7. The two teams also clashed twice in the ballpark during the 2006 campaign.
Opened in April 2001, Miller Park features a fan-shaped retractable roof and natural grass playing surface. The 41,900-seat facility boasts an asymmetrical outfield fence with dimensions of 344 feet to left, 400 to center and 345 to right.
In addition to Miller Park, the Bulldogs will also take on Dayton at Victory Field - home of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians - on March 31.
Butler opens up the 2009 campaign in Indianapolis when it battles host Marian on February 25.