Schedule Announced For Third BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge


PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big East and Big Ten conferences, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission released the schedule for the third Big East/Big Ten Baseball Challenge. The 2011 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.
 
The 2011 Challenge will feature Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, St. John's and West Virginia from the Big East, as well as Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue from the Big Ten. The event will be played at current and former Major League facilities in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, including Bright House Field and Dunedin Stadium, the spring homes of the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, respectively. Games will also be played at Clearwater's Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, and St. Petersburg's Al Lang Field and the Walter Fuller Baseball (Naimoli) Complex.
 
"Hosting this event gives us a great opportunity to highlight the St. Pete/Clearwater area and why we are a leader in sports tourism," said Kevin Smith, Director of St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission. "Kicking off the baseball season is what our area has done for decades and we look forward to continuing that tradition with the BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences."
 
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 Sunday morning and afternoon at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex.
 
The Big Ten won the inaugural Challenge in 2009, 15-9, while the Big East was victorious in the 2010 event, 17-13. BIG EAST baseball returns to Clearwater at the end of the regular-season for the 2011 BIG EAST Championship at Bright House Field, May 25-29.
 
Ticket information for the 2011 Challenge will be released at a later date.

 
 
2011 BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge Schedule
 
FRIDAY, February 18, 2011
TIME                 LOCATION                                                   MATCHUP
10:00 am         Jack Russell Memorial Stadium                Iowa vs. West Virginia
10:00 am         Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park            Penn State vs. Seton Hall
1:00 pm           Jack Russell Memorial Stadium                Minnesota vs. St. John's
1:00 pm           Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park            Ohio State vs. Cincinnati
4:00 pm           Jack Russell Memorial Stadium                Illinois vs. Pittsburgh
4:00 pm           Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park            Michigan vs. Louisville
4:00 pm           Dunedin Stadium                                       Michigan State vs. Notre Dame
7:30 pm           Dunedin Stadium                                       Purdue vs. Connecticut
 
SATURDAY, February 19, 2011
TIME                 LOCATION                                                   MATCHUP
10:00 am         Jack Russell Memorial Stadium                Cincinnati vs. Illinois
10:00 am         Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park            Seton Hall vs. Michigan State
1:00 pm           Jack Russell Memorial Stadium                West Virginia vs. Penn State
1:00 pm           Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park            St. John's vs. Michigan
4:00 pm           Jack Russell Memorial Stadium                Connecticut vs. Minnesota
4:00 pm           Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park            Notre Dame vs. Purdue
4:00 pm           Bright House Field                                     Louisville vs. Ohio State
7:30 pm           Bright House Field                                     Pittsburgh vs. Iowa
 
SUNDAY, February 20, 2011
TIME                 LOCATION                                                   MATCHUP
10:00 am         Jack Russell Memorial Stadium                Michigan vs. Connecticut
10:00 am         Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park            Louisville vs. Minnesota
10:00 am         Raymond A. Naimoli Complex                  Penn State vs. Notre Dame
10:00 am         Raymond A. Naimoli Complex                  St. John's vs. Ohio State
1:00 pm           Jack Russell Memorial Stadium                Cincinnati vs. Michigan State
1:00 pm           Al Lang/Progressive Energy Park            Illinois vs. West Virginia
1:00 pm           Raymond A. Naimoli Complex                  Seton Hall vs. Iowa
1:00 pm           Raymond A. Naimoli Complex                  Purdue vs. Pittsburgh
 
(All times Eastern)