Lexi Cash fist bumps with assistant coach Mike Ledford after a base hit during the opening double header at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park between the Brenau Golden Tigers and Talladega College. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Lexi Cash fist bumps with assistant coach Mike Ledford after a base hit during the opening double header at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park between the Brenau Golden Tigers and Talladega College. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Celebrates First Season of Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park Tuesday, April 18

Apr. 13, 2017
Kristen Oliver

Brenau University will host a celebration of the inaugural Golden Tigers softball season on Pacolet Milliken Field at Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. The ceremony and the subsequent doubleheader for the No. 3-in-the-nation Golden Tigers team are free and open to the public, but parking is limited at the site.

Parking will be available at the Brenau Amphitheatre near the intersection of Washington Street Southeast and Brenau Lane Northeast on the Gainesville historic campus with shuttle service to and from the athletics park beginning at 4 p.m. and running throughout the evening.

The Golden Tigers (39-5 overall, 18-0 SSAC) are currently ranked No. 3 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and first in the Southern States Athletic Conference. The pitcher for the first game is scheduled to be freshman Eli Daniel from Locust Grove, Georgia, the top-ranked pitcher in the NAIA.

Prior to the 5 p.m. start for the twinight bill against visiting Faulkner University, there will be a ceremonial first pitch and brief presentation honoring the benefactors for the first phase of the new athletics facility – Pacolet Milliken, Inc., which donated the land for the park adjacent to its New Holland Mill, and the Melvin Douglas and the Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation, Inc., started by the two former New Holland residents.

South Carolina-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., made possible the development of the multiuse athletics park when it donated the 16.8-acre tract of land adjacent to the historic Milliken & Co. mill on Jesse Jewell Parkway, about a mile from the historic campus. Doug Ivester, a Brenau trustee, and his wife Kay provided funding in 2014 for the first phase of the park, which is named for Kay Ivester’s father.

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