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