Asbury University has received a $1.5-million gift for major additions and upgrades to its baseball and softball facilities.
The donation honors Dr. Jiles E. Kirkland, a 1950 Asbury graduate who spent 46 years as a United Methodist pastor and who served on the university's Board of Trustees.
Asbury President Sandra C. Gray announced the gift Monday night, just before Asbury's game with Kentucky State University at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.
Asbury officials said baseball-softball improvements will include state-of-the-art lighting for night games, a new scoreboard, new concession stand and locker rooms, a new press box, a new indoor batting cage, and new dugouts and bleachers. The site will be called the Kirkland Complex.
"Dr. Kirkland is a dear friend of the university, and has made a lasting impact through his service and contributions," Gray said.
Groundbreaking for the new Kirkland Complex is set for Tuesday at Asbury's Zweifel Baseball and Softball Fields in Wilmore.