Murphy USA Invests $25,000 in SAU Softball Complex


MAGNOLIA – The Southern Arkansas University Mulerider softball team is one step closer to a new field house after a $25,000 gift from Murphy USA of El Dorado. The contribution will help fuel momentum for a $1 million construction project that will begin later this year.

Over the past few years, the University has worked to improve its softball facilities, moving the team from a city-owned park to an on-campus field with modern batting cages. The next phase will see the construction of a locker room, coaches’ offices, a concession stand, public restrooms, and press box.

“We are grateful for corporate partners like Murphy USA who see the importance of investing in the University through intercollegiate athletics,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “Without NCAA Division II athletics, many of our student-athletes would never come to SAU, and they would never have the opportunity to have the life-changing experience of attaining a college degree.”

With a workforce that is 60 percent female, Murphy USA president and CEO Andrew Clyde said investing in organizations that help women succeed was important. He said the partnership between Murphy USA and Mulerider softball was a natural fit.

“This gift from Murphy USA is going to help us take Mulerider softball to the next level of excellence,” said SAU Director of Athletics Steve Browning. “In today’s recruiting environment, facilities can make or break the deal. Providing our softball team with these new facilities will give them the competitive edge they need to continue developing a successful program.”

The Mulerider softball team ended its 2014 campaign with the program’s first-ever conference tournament championship and appearance in the NCAA regional tournament. The 2015 team was recently picked to finish second in the Great American Conference by the league’s coaches.

Murphy USA gives 25K to SAU Softball

Murphy USA President/CEO Andrew Clyde presented a check for $25,000 to Southern Arkansas University last week to benefit construction of a new Mulerider softball field house. Pictured, from left, are Head Softball Coach Jason Anderson, Assistant Director of Development Jeremy Langley, Murphy USA Manager of Equity Plans and Legal Services Magen Olive (’03), senior second baseman Chelsea Ivy, Murphy USA Senior Vice President and General Counsel John Moore, Clyde, SAU President Dr. David Rankin, senior third baseman Audrey Farfan, Director of Athletics Steve Browning, and Assistant Vice President for Development Josh Kee.


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