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LSUS Pilots baseball are set to Pink out the Field in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness

April 05, 2017

After a successful season, the LSUS baseball team is looking forward to a weekend filled with excitement. The Pilots are preparing to Pink out the Field April 21, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. This event raises money for the Susan G. Komen of North Louisiana affiliate. Baseball players will be pinked out from their jerseys to their shoelaces.

"As a baseball program we are elated that we get the chance to play a baseball game in effort to help raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer research. I wish we could do more for this; and for other causes like the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Our players and staff are excited to wear the pink jerseys in honor of those who have been affected by Breast Cancer. There is not one of the members of the team that has not been impacted by Breast Cancer and we all know the importance of continuing to try and raise more money for research. We look forward to the Pink out the Park weekend and hope to be able to do more in the future,” said Brent Lavallee, LSUS head baseball coach.

Not only is this event focused on raising awareness, but it is a big night for four seniors. Senior night will also be taking place. Kevin Rosario, Francisco Rodriguez, Vaughn Shapen and Trey Robledo will all receive recognition. Coach Lavallee expressed positivity about each of the players. For Lavallee, each player has brought something different to the team.

Rosario, who plays as the shortstop, is described as being impactful. “Kevin may be one of the most talented players to have ever come through LSUS. He has a contagious attitude and he enjoys playing the game of baseball more than most and it shows through the energy that he brings,” Lavallee said.

Rodriguez, third basemen and shortstop, is seen as reliable and will complete one of his biggest accomplishments by graduating with a degree in criminal justice. “He has been the epitome of consistency and always shows up with a good attitude and outlook. Every year he has gotten better,” Lavallee said.

Shapen, catcher, is described as hardworking. “Vaughn is a tireless worker who has brought a great wealth of knowledge to the Pilots during his one year. Vaughn is a very talented baseball player who has a contagious attitude and brings out the best in those around him,” Lavallee said. Robledo, pitcher, will be the fourth senior receiving recognition.

Robledo is a left-handed specialist, and Coach Lavallee mentioned that he is one of the hardest workers to ever come through the LSUS program. “His dedication has seen him become a better student and a better baseball player while at LSUS,” Lavellee said.

Students can look forward to an eventful game filled with excitement. Admission will be half-priced for those who wear pink, and free for students. All money raised during the event will be donated to Susan G. Komen in honor of Dr. Vincent J. Marsala, former LSUS Chancellor.