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    FIGHTING IRISH Notre Dame first-year head coach Mik Aoki.
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    Notre Dame first-year head coach Mik Aoki.
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    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 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.

    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 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

    All times ET

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