THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball program played its first game in its newly-named facility, Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field, Sunday afternoon that resulted in a 3-1 series-clinching victory over Stephen F. Austin.
A transformative pledge was made by longtime Nicholls supporter Tommy Meyer, Ben’s brother. Consequently, the infield and foul territory will be upgraded with Geo-Surfaces artificial turf. The generous commitment will fund and finance multiple facility enhancements with the goal of providing a best-in-class student-athlete experience.
“I am very appreciative of Tommy – not only from a professional standpoint – I consider him to be a very, very close friend and great supporter,” said Nicholls head baseball coach Seth Thibodeaux. “He’s been by my side since I’ve been the head coach here. I think he has a true, sincere love for Nicholls athletics and the people that work here and he wants to be a part of it.”
Ben Meyer was a Nicholls student who died in a car accident in 2001 at the age of 23. He had a passion for Taekwondo & competed in the 21st National Taekwondo Championships in 1996 and the 22nd National Taekwondo Championships in 1997.
Ben Meyer represented Nicholls in both events and won his division in 1997. He also enjoyed teaching classes to children in Paincourtville and Plattenville and is remembered by many of his friends, family, and classmates as a fun and loving person with a contagious laugh.
The Colonels return to action on Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field Wednesday in a 6 p.m. first pitch against Jackson State University.