RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One of the most heated college baseball rivalries in the state of Virginia and all of the country will be put aside to honor the late VCU Baseball Coach Paul Keyes (ODU '84), who lost his courageous battle with cancer in November of 2012, when VCU and Old Dominion meet on the baseball diamond this spring.
The Rams and Monarchs will play in the first-ever Key Dog Strike Out Cancer Classic on April 23 at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Va.
Keyes was Head Coach of the Rams for 18 years amassing 603 wins. He was also a four-year letter winner and standout for the Monarch baseball team, graduating from Old Dominion in 1984.
General admission tickets are being sold through the Peninsula Pilot's ticket office for $5 each. Fans can also opt to purchase the ticket and button package (buttons will have each school's classic logo) for $10 with the extra $5 being donated to the Keyes family. Students from both universities will receive free admission with a valid student ID. Fans can also purchase t-shirts to support the Key Dog Classic in their respective team colors through bonfirefunds.com. The on sale date for tickets and t-shirts will be announced at a later date.
Both the Rams and Monarchs will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game. Also after the game, student-athletes from each team will be shaving their heads as part of the St. Baldrick's Foundation's "Basebald," which raises money and awareness for childhood cancer.