Loyola's Basketball Coaches Threw Opening Tosses At Yesterday's Orioles-Blue Jays Doubleheader

Sept. 30, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Patsos and Greyhound Head Women's Basketball Coach Candy Cage threw out the ceremonial firstpitch(es) at Camden Yards before the first game of yesterday's doubleheader between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays before 20,166 people.

Patsos, wearing an Orioles hat and warmup jacket, fired his pitch towards O's third base coach and former major league catcher Rick Dempsey, who made a nice play to corrale the heater. Cage, in her Loyola basketball gear, tossed a strike to O's third base coach and former major leaguer Tom Treblehorn.

The coaches' ceremonial first pitches took place earlier than expected as the Orioles and Blue Jays were forced to play a doubleheader to make up Tuesday's rain-out, but everyone at Loyola was energized by this opportunity.

"There is obviously a lot of excitement surrounding the Loyola men's basketball program this year," said Loyola Assistant Athletic Director Marty Kelly. "We're fortunate to have had both Jimmy [Patsos] and Candy [Cage] throw out the first pitch, and hope that the publicity that men's basketball has received will spill over to a women's program that in its own right has very high expectations for the 2004-05 season."

Coach Cage, in her fourth year as head women's basketball coach, returns four starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's squad. The women finished with a 14-15 overall record and a 9-9 conference mark, Cage's best season at Evergreen. They open the 2004-05 season at Delaware on Nov. 21.

Jimmy Patsos, who became Loyola's 20th head men's basketball coach on April 1 of this year, takes over a team that went 1-27 last season. Patsos, who worked as an assistant under Gary Williams at Maryland for the past 13 seasons, has already brought in six new recruits, a coaching staff that knows how to win, and was labeled by ESPN's Andy Katz as a "Coach On The Rise" last year. The men begin their season at Virginia Tech on November 19.

Wednesday's game promotion at Camden Yards was what Kelly hopes to be the first of many more to come.

"We owe a lot to John Greeley and Matt Dryer at the Orioles for their help with this," said Kelly. "We're looking forward to more co-promotional opportunities with not only the Orioles, but also the Baltimore Ravens down the road."