|Southern University will participate in the MLB’s Urban Initiative. (The Advocate photo)|
Over the past few years, Major League Baseball has worked with HBCUs in an effort to promote baseball through the Urban Initiative. This year, Grambling and Southern will be among the schools participating in the event, along with with LSU and New Orleans.
Southern and Grambling will meet in Baton Rouge on Feb. 14. LSU and UNO will face off in Baton Rouge’s Alex Box Stadium.
“Collegiate baseball represents a significant element of the game’s future, so it is important to give these programs the opportunity for exposure to a larger audience,” MLB executive vice president of baseball development Frank Robinson said in a news release. “We are thrilled to host this year’s Urban Invitational in Southern Louisiana, and thank all of our participating schools.”
Saturday’s game will take place at the New Orleans UYA (UNO vs. LSU) and another at Zephyr Field (GSU vs. SU). LSU will host the final two games on Sunday. The final two tourney games on Sunday, Feb. 16, will be broadcast live on MLB Network and simulcast live on MLB.com.