Posted by Joey Mullins on 2008-10-09

Due to the devastation from multiple hurricanes during the past few months, the Samford baseball program has had to cancel its trip to Havana, Cuba, scheduled for Oct. 17-21, the athletics department announced on Thursday.

The Cuban government has asked all organizations that had planned travel to the island to suspend all travel for the duration of 2008.

Randy Pittman, Samford's vice president for university relations, said efforts would be made to reschedule to trip, hopefully for fall 2009.

The baseball team is currently in the middle of fall practice. The team will hold its annual Parents and Alumni Day with a scrimmage and cookout on Saturday prior to the football team's home game against second-ranked Appalachian State.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.