The Milwaukee Brewers will play a unique exhibition game in 2015, as the club announced it will face the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Maryvale Baseball Park sometime during spring training.
This will be the first time the Brewers have faced a collegiate team in an exhibition game since taking on Arizona State University in 1983. The practice is much more common in the Grapefruit League, as six collegiate teams played exhibition games against Major League Baseball teams this spring.
Boston regularly plays both Northeastern University and Boston College in a doubleheader at the beginning of spring training.
"This game will be great for baseball in the state of Wisconsin," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "Itâs a good opportunity for our organization to support the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee program, and will give our players a chance to connect with some of the stateâs top young amateur talent."
The Panthers will play a Horizon League game against Wright State at Miller Park this season after the Brewers finish their noon game against Pittsburgh on May 15.
"We’re very excited about the opportunity to play the Milwaukee Brewers," UWM athletic director Amanda Braun said. "UWM and the Brewers have had a long-standing partnership and we are proud to add to that partnership. The Panthers are the only Division I baseball team in the state, so we are Milwaukee neighbors with the Brewers in the baseball community and this will be a great way to celebrate the start of the season for both of us in 2015. Itâs a tremendous opportunity for the team, our fans and the UWM community. Itâs also great for Brewers fans and a nice way to bring our alumni together in a fun way in early spring."
UWM’s last trip to Arizona was for the NCAA tournament in 2011. The Panthers fell 6-2 to No. 1 Arizona State and were eliminated with a 22-1 loss to No. 15 San Diego.
"First and foremost, I want to start by thanking the Milwaukee Brewers organization for this opportunity," UWM baseball coach Scott Doffek said. "I also want to thank Tom Luljak and Amanda Braun for helping to arrange this. This will be a fun day and a great experience for our team. All of our student-athletes look up to the Major League players and aspire to one day play at that level. This will also be a wonderful way to showcase our University and to engage our alumni in Arizona in a unique way."