HOUSTON --The No. 1-ranked Texas A&M baseball team (5-1) hits the road for the first time this season when the Aggies participate in the ninth annual Houston College Classic this weekend at Minute Maid Park.
The six-team field is perhaps the strongest in the history of the event, as five of the six participating schools are ranked in the top 10 of the latest Baseball America poll.
Joining No. 1-ranked A&M are No. 5 UC Irvine (3-1), No. 6 Baylor (4-1), No. 9 UCLA (2-3), No. 10 Rice (2-2) and Houston (2-3).
The Aggies will meet UCI for the first time in school history in the tournament’s opening game on Friday at noon. A&M and Rice will clash in the weekend’s marquee game on Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Aggies will close out play on Sunday at 6 p.m. against Houston in a rematch of the 2008 NCAA College Station Regional final.
Fans can listen to Friday’s game on Sports Radio 1150 The Zone, and the other games on the flagship station of Texas A&M Athletics, News/Talk 1620 WTAW. Those inside Minute Maid are able to tune in on the low end of the FM dial. Fans can also listen worldwide on aggieathletics.com and through select mobile phones on radioaggieland.com (see page 6 for more info).
#1 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (5-1)
vs #5 UC IRVINE ANTEATERS (3-1)
Friday, Feb. 27 • 12:00 PM
vs #9 RICE OWLS (2-2)
Saturday, Feb. 28 • 7:00 PM
vs HOUSTON COUGARS (2-3)
Sunday, March 1 • 6:00 PM
Minute Maid Park (40,950), Houston, Texas
Television/Live Video: None
Radio: KZNE-AM 1150 (Fri), WTAW-AM 1620 (Sat/Sun)
Free Live Audio: aggieathletics.com/radioaggieland.com
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
FRIDAY, UC Irvine: #30 Brooks Raley (So., LHP, 1-0, 1.50) vs. #3 Daniel Bibona (Jr., LHP, 1-0, 1.17)
SATURDAY, Rice: #18 Alex Wilson (Jr., RHP, 1-0, 0.00) vs. #28 Ryan Berry (Jr., RHP, 0-0, 9.64)
SUNDAY, Houston: #50 Barret Loux (So., RHP, 0-0, 5.06) vs. #42 Frank Corolla (Jr., RHP, 0-0, 0.00)
Tickets for the College Classic are available now and can be purchased online at astros.com, at the Minute Maid Park Box Office, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-9ASTROS. Tickets may also be purchased at all of the Astros regular Houston-area Ticketmaster outlets. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. More ticket information and a complete schedule of games can be found at astros.com or aggieathletics.com.