The No. 1 Longhorns head coach chats with ABC13 before the Shriners Children’s College Classic

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Due to Major League Baseball’s lockdown, the Astros will not be playing at Minute Maid Park anytime soon. However, some of the best college baseball teams are set to take over the Astros’ home field this weekend.

The 2022 Shriners Children’s College Classic features a star-studded field in Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and UCLA. According to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, four of the participating teams are ranked: Texas (#1), LSU (#3), Tennessee (#6), and UCLA (#27).

The University of Texas went into the year as the nation’s No. 1 preseason team and in 2022 so far has gone 9-0 while outscoring their opponents 72-10. Incredibly, this is the eighth time in the history of the Shriners Children’s College Classic that the tournament has hosted the nation’s No. 1 preseason.

UT head coach David Pierce is no stranger to our town. A Houston native, he coached both high school and college ball in H-Town. Ahead of UT’s three-game weekend, ABC13’s Adam Winkler had a 1-on-1 chat with Coach Pierce.

“It’s the best game on dirt, I promise you,” Pierce said of the opportunity for fans to see top-flight college baseball this weekend. “We’re having a great time. Omaha is special, but this venue combined with a group of teams that will be playing at an elite level – you’ll be a fan when you go.”

The 2022 tournament is the seventh year to bear the Shriners Children’s College Classic name, established through a multi-year naming rights agreement between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Children’s. The Astros Foundation operates the tournament and will donate a portion of every ticket sale directly to Shriners Children’s, as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.

“When Shriners Hospital took over, it took the tournament to another level,” Pierce noted. “It wasn’t just about baseball — it was about giving back and helping others and putting others before yourself.”

The Shriners Children’s College Classic begins Friday at 11:05 am. The schedule is below.

Friday, March 4th:

  • UCLA vs. Baylor at 11:05 a.m
  • Oklahoma vs. LSU at 3:05 p.m
  • Tennessee vs. Texas at 7:05 p.m

Saturday March 5th

  • Oklahoma vs. UCLA at 11:05 a.m
  • Baylor vs. Tennessee at 3:05 p.m
  • Texas vs. LSU at 7:05 p.m

Sunday March 6th

  • Tennessee vs. Oklahoma at 11:05 a.m
  • UCLA vs. Texas at 3:05 p.m
  • LSU vs. Baylor at 7:05 p.m

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