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    Head coach Dan Hartleb's Illini will face Notre Dame, Louisville and St. John's at the 2012 Big Ten/Big East Challenge.

    Head coach Dan Hartleb's Illini will face Notre Dame, Louisville and St. John's at the 2012 Big Ten/Big East Challenge.

    Oct. 4, 2011

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Big East and Big Ten conferences, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, released the schedule for the fourth annual Big Ten/Big East Baseball Challenge Tuesday. The 2012 Challenge will feature 10 teams from the Big Ten and nine teams from the Big East playing 30 games over three days to open the college baseball season from Feb. 17-19.

    Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion Illinois will begin the 2012 season against Notre Dame at noon CT on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex, before taking on Louisville at 3 p.m. CT at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Illini wrap up the weekend against 2011 NCAA Tournament participant St. John's at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium.

    The 2012 Challenge will feature Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue from the Big Ten and Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Seton Hall, South Florida and West Virginia from the Big East. The event will be played at current and former Major League facilities in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, including Bright House Field and Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, the respective spring homes of the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. Games will also be played at Clearwater's Jack Russell Memorial Stadium and St. Petersburg's Al Lang Stadium and Walter Fuller Baseball Complex.

    The 2012 Challenge will feature tripleheaders at Al Lang and Jack Russell on Friday and Saturday and doubleheaders on Sunday. Friday features an evening doubleheader at Florida Auto Exchange, while Bright House will host a twin bill on Saturday night. The Challenge also includes 10 games at Walter Fuller with doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday and six games on Sunday.

    The Big Ten won the inaugural Challenge in 2009, 15-9, while the Big East was victorious in 2010, 17-13, and in 2011, 14-10.

    Ticket information for the 2012 Challenge will be released at a later date.

    The complete schedule is below.

    
    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012
    10 a.m.		West Virginia at Northwestern	Al Lang Stadium
    		Louisville at Minnesota		Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
    		South Florida at Ohio State	Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    1 p.m.		Pittsburgh at Iowa		Al Lang Stadium
    		Cincinnati at Purdue		Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
    		Notre Dame at Illinois		Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    4 p.m.		Connecticut at Indiana		Al Lang Stadium
    		St. John's at Michigan State	Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
    		Seton Hall at Penn State	Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
    7:30 p.m.	Pittsburgh at Michigan		Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
    
    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2012
    10 a.m.		Indiana at Cincinnati		Al Lang Stadium
    		Notre Dame at Iowa		Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
    		Connecticut at Purdue		Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    1 p.m.		Seton Hall at Michigan		Al Lang Stadium
    		Michigan State at South Florida	Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
    		Minnesota at St. John's		Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    4 p.m.		Louisville at Illinois		Al Lang Stadium
    		West Virginia at Penn State	Bright House Field
    		Northwestern at Pittsburgh	Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
    7:30 p.m.	Ohio State at Seton Hall	Bright House Field
    
    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2012
    10 a.m.		Purdue at Notre Dame		Al Lang Stadium
    		Illinois at St. John's		Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
    		Michigan at West Virginia	Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    		Penn State at Cincinnati	Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    		Michigan State at Louisville	Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    1 p.m.		Minnesota at South Florida	Al Lang Stadium
    		Ohio State at Connecticut	Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
    		Iowa at West Virginia		Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    		Indiana at Pittsburgh		Walter Fuller Baseball Complex
    		Northwestern at Seton Hall	Walter Fuller Baseball Complex  
    
    
    	
    

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