South Alabama is baseball school and it shows – fans constantly pack out Eddie Stanky Field and show their support and appreciation in a way that hasn’t yet been captured by the football and basketball programs. It also helps that USA baseball is a conference contender, and puts out a winning program year in and year out.
The JSU baseball team is named the Gamecocks, primarily for its fighting spirit and large population base of poultry in this rural area. The Gamecocks play in the Ohio Valley Conference and have a very successful baseball history, with a nearly .700 all-time winning percentage.
Built in 2007, Beaver Field has 827 stadium seats with backs, as well as grass seating down the right field line that accommodates overflow crowds in excess of 1000 for their “Pack the Park” promotions. Seating is divided into just three sections, and all seats are between the dugouts and protected by safety netting.
Starting in 2001, the Pioneers played their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in neighboring Bridgeport. The ballpark, which also served as home to the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish, was closed in 2017 to be converted to an outdoor concert venue. Sacred Heart was forced to split their 2018 home schedule among several area ballparks. For 2019 the school found a home closer to campus at neighboring Veteran’s Memorial Park, right across the street from the Sacred Heart campus.
The recent trend of having the Summit League Tournament held at J.L. Johnson Stadium shows that the ballpark is highly thought of as a college baseball destination in the post-season. In addition, the ballpark is close to several lodging options, has easy access, and can be a perfect setting for baseball.
Kentucky University opened Kentucky Proud Park in 2019 for its baseball program. The 5,000 seat stadium is a major upgrade from its venue Cliff Hagan Stadium and adds another impressive college ballpark to the already impressive resume of the SEC.