ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tickets for the third annual BIG EAST-Big Ten Baseball Challenge, hosted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, are now available at www.bigeastbigtenbaseballchallenge.com. The Big East-Big Ten Baseball Challenge will feature eight teams from each conference playing in 24 games over three days to open the college baseball season from Feb. 18-20.
An all-tournament pass, which provides access to all 24 games of the Challenge, can be purchased for $25. Individual day passes are available for $10 and admit a spectator to all games at all venues for that day. Alumni groups, youth and social organizations also can sell all-tournament passes with a portion of the proceeds going to the selling organization. Information about fundraising opportunities is available at www.bigeastbigtenbaseballchallenge.com.
The 2011 Challenge will feature tripleheaders at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium and Al Lang Field on Friday and Saturday, while the same ballparks will host doubleheaders on Sunday morning and afternoon. Friday also features an evening doubleheader at Dunedin Stadium, while Bright House Field hosts a twin bill on Saturday night. The Challenge also includes four games played on Sunday morning and afternoon at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex.
Teams participating in this year's event are Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Seton Hall and West Virginia from the BIG EAST and Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue from the Big Ten.
The Big Ten won the inaugural Challenge in 2009, 15-9, while the BIG EAST was victorious in 2010, 17-13.
2011 BIG EAST-Big Ten Baseball Challenge Schedule
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011
10 a.m. Iowa at West Virginia Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
Penn State at Seton Hall Al Lang Field
1 p.m. Minnesota at St. John's Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
Ohio State at Cincinnati Al Lang Field
4 p.m. Illinois at Pittsburgh Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
Michigan at Louisville Al Lang Field
Michigan State at Notre Dame Dunedin Stadium
7:30 p.m. Purdue at Connecticut Dunedin Stadium
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011
10 a.m. Cincinnati at Illinois Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
Seton Hall at Michigan State Al Lang Field
1 p.m. West Virginia at Penn State Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
St. John's at Michigan Al Lang Field
4 p.m. Connecticut at Minnesota Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
Notre Dame at Purdue Al Lang Field
Louisville at Ohio State Bright House Field
7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Iowa Bright House Field
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011
10 a.m. Michigan at Connecticut Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
Louisville at Minnesota Al Lang Field
Penn State at Notre Dame Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
St. John's at Ohio State Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
1 p.m. Cincinnati at Michigan State Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
Illinois at West Virginia Al Lang Field
Seton Hall at Iowa Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
Purdue at Pittsburgh Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
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