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Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic announces 2020 tournament schedule

Tournament will feature all Big 12 vs. SEC matchups

The Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic has announced its tournament schedule for the 2020 event, which will feature all Big 12 and SEC matchups over the three-day weekend (Feb. 28-March 1). The participating programs in the 2020 field include Big 12 teams Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas, and SEC teams Arkansas, LSU and Missouri.

The 2020 field is one of the best in the 20-year history of the College Classic, and it's the second time for the tournament to boast a Big 12 vs. SEC theme. The tournament last did so in 2017, which garnered the highest attendance in tournament history, as over 53,000 fans entered the turnstiles of Minute Maid Park.

LSU was a part of the 2017 field and will return in 2020 for their third appearance in the tournament. Prior to 2017, LSU debuted in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in 2015, a team that featured junior shortstop Alex Bregman, who ended up as the second overall pick in the MLB draft that season.

The University of Texas returns to Minute Maid Park for the first time since the 2014 tournament and for its ninth time in school history. Texas, which historically played in the tournament every even year prior to 2014, now returns under Head Coach David Pierce, who has coached at the College Classic in 10 different seasons while at his previous coaching stops, Sam Houston State (2014) and Rice (2003-2011).

Arkansas will continue their trend of appearing in the tournament once every four years, as they will make their third appearance in the College Classic (previously 2012, 2016). Among the six 2020 participants, Arkansas advanced the farthest in this year's NCAA tournament, making it to the College World Series before being eliminated.

College Classic staple Baylor returns for its second consecutive year in the tournament and their 12th overall. The Bears are coming off another great year in the Big 12, as they finished second in the conference in regular season play, before advancing to the Regionals. Baylor's signature moment in the College Classic came in 2011, as sophomore Max Muncy connected for a walk-off grand slam in a 12-8 win over Rice.

Missouri and Oklahoma are both making their second appearance in the tournament, with Missouri appearing in the 2010 field and Oklahoma in 2008. Overall, the College Classic has hosted 32 programs in its 20-year history and has seen a multitude of future Major Leaguers, including All-Stars Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer (UCLA in 2009), David Price (Vanderbilt in 2007), Matt Carpenter (TCU in 2006) and Anthony Rendon (Rice from 2009-2011) to name a few. In this year's MLB Draft alone, 85 former tournament participants were selected.

The 2020 tournament marks the fifth year for it to carry the name Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, which has been set forth by a multi-year naming rights agreement between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Astros Foundation operates the tournament and will donate a portion of each ticket sale directly to Shriners Hospitals for Children, as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities. Tickets for the 2020 tournament will go on sale in November and will be available online at Astros.com/CollegeClassic.

2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic schedule*

Friday, February 28

11 a.m. Missouri vs. Baylor
3 p.m. Arkansas vs. Oklahoma
7 p.m. Texas vs. LSU

Saturday, February 29

11 a.m. Oklahoma vs. Missouri
3 p.m. LSU vs. Baylor
7 p.m. Arkansas vs. Texas

Sunday, March 1

11 a.m. Oklahoma vs. LSU
3 p.m. Missouri vs. Texas 
7 p.m. Baylor vs. Arkansas

* - times subject to change

About the Houston Astros Foundation

The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition and honor of our nation's military, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program. For more information, visit the Astros Foundation online.