On March 29, the Cardinals took on the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in the University’s first-ever night game under the lights at Robert J. Talbot Field. University Trustee and Athletics Board of Visitors Member Juan Jones; his wife, Lisa; and their son, Christian, B.S.B.A. 2020, who was a four-year player on the Cardinals baseball team, were honored that night for their continued support of the University, as the lights were funded through the family’s generous gift of $2.3 million.
Prior to the start of the game, the Jones family posed for pictures with the team, University President Peter K. Kilpatrick, and Head Baseball Coach Ross Natoli. Christian Jones also threw the first pitch. The championship-level lighting is the first completed step in the Diamond Project, a four-phase improvement plan for Talbot Field.