Big Rapids, Mich. - One of the nation's top collegiate programs is headed to one of the top venues in West Michigan as the Ferris State Bulldogs will celebrate the past, present and future of the program during the second annual "FSU Friends, Family & Alumni Night" on Thursday, July 12, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park.
The event, which is being organized by Ferris State Football in conjunction with FSU Athletics, will celebrate the Bulldogs' success and also pay tribute to the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship men's basketball squad with National Coach of the Year Andy Bronkema slated to throw out the first pitch as Ferris State joins the West Michigan Whitecaps for an evening of action.
The Whitecaps, will are a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, will square off against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with the opening pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. (ET).
As part of "FSU Family Night", tickets are only $12.50 per person with children ages 2 and under admitted free. There will also be $2 food and drink specials during the evening tilt.
To order tickets, Bulldog fans must order before July 1 by visiting www.TicketReturn.com with the username "FSUAlumni18" and password "family". Online charges will apply.
Additional information regarding the group outing can be obtained by contacting FSU Assistant Head Coach Dan Rohn via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Whitecaps' Dru Knizacky at email@example.com or by calling (616) 784-4131.
The Whitecaps have annually been one of Minor League Baseball's best.
The family night event continues an outstanding partnership between the Bulldogs and the Whitecaps. Along with the summer game, the Bulldogs will face Michigan Tech this fall at Fifth Third Ballpark on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. (ET) with additional game details and ticket information to be announced soon.
In addition, Ferris State will also partner with Whitecaps Community Foundation for a free youth clinic in Grand Rapids for kids ages 6-14 on July 12 prior to the family night event.
The Bulldogs will begin their 110th season of varsity competition this coming fall with their sights set on making a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. FSU has made back-to-back NCAA Division II National Quarterfinal appearances and is one of only five teams in all of college football to win at least 11 games each of the past four years. The Bulldogs along with Northwest Missouri State are the only programs in Division II football to make the playoffs each of the past four seasons.
In six seasons under Annese, the Bulldogs have become a national power on the Division II level. FSU has posted a 60-14 overall mark in the last six years and the Bulldogs have also posted the best winning percentage of all 21 collegiate programs in the state of Michigan along with the GLIAC since his arrival. Last summer, Hero Sports picked FSU as Michigan's Best College Football program regardless of division.
Ferris State will return nearly 50 letterwinners for the 2018 campaign.