Vienna, W.Va.—On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Ohio Valley University Baseball Team will host its second annual “Leadoff Dinner” at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna, West Virginia. The guest speaker will be former Major League player Joe Price, whose eleven-year career included playing for the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants, the Boston Red Sox, and the Baltimore Orioles. From 1980 through 1990, he logged 900 innings and started in 84 games. Price has a career earned-run average of 3.65 with a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio. In postseason 1987, Price made two appearances with the St. Louis Cardinals. In Game 5 of the NLCS, Price pitched relief with a stat line of five innings, one hit, one walk, and six strikeouts to achieve the win by a final score of 6-3, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 series lead over the Giants.
This year's dinner features a VIP reception hour at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner and program beginning at 7:00. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening with all proceeds going to the OVU baseball program. Pricing options are as follows:
- General Admission is $60.
- VIP Admission includes a meet-and-greet with Joe Price during the reception hour, hors-d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages; cost is $100.
- Half-Corporate Table includes 5 VIP tickets, one autographed picture, advertising for the event and with the OVU Athletic Department, and one all-sport pass to Fighting Scots home games; cost is $500.
- Full-Corporate Table includes 10 VIP tickets, one autographed picture, advertising for the event and with the OVU Athletic Department, and two all-sport passes to Fighting Scots home games; cost is $1,000.
According to Athletic Director and Head Coach Chad Porter, “Hosting the dinner is a great opportunity to showcase our program to the community while honoring our student-athletes. Price is an outstanding speaker. We look forward to his message and are honored that he will take part in this special event.”
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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.