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Tickets Now Available For 2011 BIG EAST-Big Ten Baseball Challenge

Jan. 21, 2011

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 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

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.

The complete schedule for the 2011 BIG EAST-Big Ten Baseball Challenge can be found on the following page.

2011 BIG EAST-Big Ten Baseball Challenge ScheduleFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 201110 a.m.     Iowa at West Virginia       Jack Russell Memorial Stadium        Penn State at Seton Hall    Al Lang Field1 p.m.      Minnesota at St. John's     Jack Russell Memorial Stadium        Ohio State at Cincinnati    Al Lang Field4 p.m.      Illinois at Pittsburgh      Jack Russell Memorial Stadium        Michigan at Louisville      Al Lang Field        Michigan State at Notre Dame    Dunedin Stadium7:30 p.m.   Purdue at Connecticut       Dunedin Stadium
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 201110 a.m. Cincinnati at Illinois Jack Russell Memorial Stadium Seton Hall at Michigan State Al Lang Field1 p.m. West Virginia at Penn State Jack Russell Memorial Stadium St. John's at Michigan Al Lang Field4 p.m. Connecticut at Minnesota Jack Russell Memorial Stadium Notre Dame at Purdue Al Lang Field Louisville at Ohio State Bright House Field7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Iowa Bright House Field
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 201110 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 Complex1 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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