The Wright State baseball program and USA Baseball announced Thursday that the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, will play host to the 2013 Ron Fraser Classic to honor the late Ron Fraser. The tournament will begin on Friday, February 15, and run through Sunday, February 17.
"Coach Fraser was college baseball. He made such an impact on our game and in the lives of so many student-athletes," said Wright State Head Coach Rob Cooper. "He elevated our sport to a national stage with his innovative promotions, his vision to get college baseball on national television, and his successful Hurricane teams. Our profession and sport owe Coach Fraser so much for his passion and vision."
The nine-team tournament will be played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina In addition to host Wright State, the 2013 field of teams will include: Canisius, Albany, Monmouth, Temple, Toledo, Delaware, Villanova, and La Salle.
All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Ron Fraser Wizard Fund, established to fund a bronze statue of Coach Ron Fraser to be located at the University of Miami ballpark. To make secure online contribution, please click here http://gocan.es/RonFraserWizardFund. For more information or to contribute by check, please contact Rick Remmert, University of Miami Director of Alumni Programs at 305.285.9517, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Coach Fraser led the Miami Hurricanes to the College World Series twelve times, while winning the National Championship in 1982 and 1985. He finished his career with 1,271 wins and never had a losing season during his 30 year career. He also left his mark on USA Baseball managing the 1971 and 1987 USA National Teams during the Pan American Games and leading the 1992 Olympic Team.
"This is just a small way for us to celebrate Coach Fraser's impact on collegiate and USA Baseball," said Cooper. "Two things he loved a great deal. I am lucky to say I knew Coach Fraser and he will be deeply missed."
2013 RON FRASER CLASSIC SCHEDULE (Home Team Listed First)
|Date||Field #1||Field #2
|Friday, February 15
||Wright State vs. Temple, Noon
||Toledo vs. La Salle, 12:30
||Monmouth vs. Villanova, 1:00
|Canisius vs. Albany, 3:00
||Delaware vs. Temple, 3:30
|Saturday, February 16
||Wright State vs. La Salle, 11:00
||Toledo vs. Albany, 11:30
||Canisius vs. Villanova, Noon
|Wright State vs. Albany, 2:00
||Canisius vs. Delaware, 2:30
||Monmouth vs. Temple, 3:00
|La Salle vs. Delaware, 5:00
||Toledo vs. Villanova, 5:30
|Sunday, February 17
||Wright State vs. Villanova, 10:00
||Toledo vs. Temple, 10:00
||Canisius vs. Monmouth, 10:00
|Albany vs. Delaware, 1:00
||Monmouth vs. La Salle, 1:00