Second Big East-Big Ten
nearly 17,000 spectators attended games this past February in
the inaugural event, the second Big East-Big Ten Baseball
Challenge will take place Feb. 26-28, 2010.
Hosted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports
Commission, the event will include 10 teams from each conference
participating in 30 games. The event will be managed by API
All 10 Big Ten baseball institutions will once
again compete, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan,
Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State
and Purdue. The Big East will also have 10 teams, as Louisville,
Rutgers and Villanova will make their first appearances, joining
returning teams Cincinnati, Connecticut, Notre Dame, St. John’s,
Seton Hall, USF and West Virginia.
Games will be played each day in St. Petersburg
at the Raymond A. Naimoli Complex, the former spring training
practice facility of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Al Lang Stadium,
the former spring training game site of the Rays. Games in
Clearwater will be played at Jack Russell Stadium, the former
spring home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Big Ten compiled a record of 15-9 against the
Big East in the 2009 Challenge. Ohio State and Michigan both
posted 3-0 marks, while Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Penn
State each went 2-1. Notre Dame, St. John’s and Seton Hall were
each 2-1 for the Big East.
(photo by Jimmy Jones)