MVNU President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding Rings Victory Bell at Indianapolis Indians Game
June 22, 2013
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Mount Vernon Nazarene University held a special event for alumni and friends at the Indianapolis Indians game at Victory Field on Saturday evening, June 22. Marty McLeary, a 1997 graduate of MVNU, returned to the mound for his former team to throw out the opening pitch. After the Indianapolis Indians win, Dr. Henry W. Spaulding was granted the honor of ringing the victory bell.
McLeary pitched for the Indianapolis Indians from 2006-2007 on his way to a stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Originally drafted in the 10th round by the Boston Red Sox, Marty made his major league debut on August 22, 2004.
During his time at MVNU, McLeary had a long list of on-the-field accomplishments. He holds the MVNU career record for lowest ERA, threw 11 consecutive strike-outs in one game, was named to the NAIA All-American Second Team, and was NCCAA District Player of the Year. During his brief time in the majors, McLeary was the Rolaids Relief Man Award Winner in July 2004. He made a total of 12 appearances, compiled a 2-0 record with 5.28 ERA, and threw 17 strikeouts in 29 innings.
Approximately 200 MVNU alumni, faculty, staff, and students attended the game as part of MVNU's General Assembly activities.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.