FRISCO COLLEGE BASEBALL CLASSIC

Presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the STAR

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Cara Holloway, Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Wooldridge, Director of Peak Events

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 13, 2019

Contact: Nathan Wooldridge – 469-400-4125; nathan@peak.events

4th ANNUAL FRISCO COLLEGE BASEBALL CLASSIC ANNOUNCES MATCHUPS & GAME TIMES

Frisco, TX – The Frisco College Baseball Classic presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the STAR has announced the schedule for the 4th annual event, to take place February 28th - March 1st of 2020.

The 2020 Frisco Classic will again feature four of the country’s top teams spanning three days of play at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX home of the Frisco RoughRiders.  The weekend tournament will have two games per day with each team playing the other, three times in a round robin format. The four teams for the 4th annual tournament played Feb 28th - Mar 1st will feature the Illinois Fighting Illini, UCLA Bruins, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and coming back for a second time, the Texas A&M Aggies. All four of these teams advanced to NCAA post-season play during the 2019 season with 2 of the 4 making it to the Super Regional round as 1 of the final 16 teams.

The schedule for the 2020 Frisco Classic will kickoff Friday, Feb 28 at 3:00pm between UCLA and Oklahoma State followed by a 7:00pm matchup between Texas A&M and Illinois. Day 2 begins at 2:00pm with Illinois taking on Oklahoma State followed by a 6:00pm start for UCLA and Texas A&M. The final day for the 4th annual Classic starts with an 11:00am game between Illinois and UCLA and the Classic finale is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm between Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

2020 Frisco Classic Schedule

Friday, Feb 28

UCLA vs Oklahoma State - 3:00pm

Texas A&M vs Illinois - 7:00pm

Saturday, Feb 29

Illinois vs Oklahoma State - 2:00pm

UCLA vs Texas A&M - 6:00pm

Sunday, Mar 1

Illinois vs UCLA - 11:00am

Oklahoma State vs Texas A&M - 3:00pm

*Home team is listed second

All games will be broadcast live via FloSports with post-game press conferences to take place via Facebook Live.

Advanced Tickets For the 2020 Frisco Classic are available now at friscoclassic.com/tickets. Follow the Frisco Classic on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FriscoClassic to stay up to date with news and ticket information.

More on Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the Star:

A partnership between Baylor Scott & White Health, Frisco Independent School District and the Dallas Cowboys, Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the Star is a 300,000-square-foot sports research facility located at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Services offered include sports performance testing, a concussion center, imaging center, surgery suites, urgent care center, research space, outpatient rehabilitation and a pharmacy. At Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at the Star located within the Sports Therapy & Research facility, No matter an individual’s age or athletic ability, active people can find the care they need to improve their movement at the Sports Performance Center. A specialized team approach is put to work, utilizing best practices in sports science, performance, nutrition, mental conditioning and recovery to help individuals move, perform and recover to their highest potential. The Star is a 91-acre sports and entertainment district and serves as the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. Find out more at spcatthestar.com.

More on Peak Events, LLC and Peak Sports MGMT:

A branch of Peak Sports MGMT, Peak Events, LLC is an event management firm specializing in collegiate sporting events. Current properties for Peak Events include the Frisco College Baseball Classic and Round Rock Classic. Peak Sports MGMT is a sponsorship/advertising firm out of Frisco, Texas. Current properties for Peak Sports MGMT include; University of Central Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana University, Austin Peay State University, West Texas A&M University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Pittsburg State University, Eastern Illinois University, Murray State, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Lamar University, Missouri Western State University, and Central Connecticut State University. Find more info at peaksportsmgmt.com

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Hey fans! Hope your summers are treating you all very well with baseball, travel and some relaxation. Peak Events has had a very busy offseason ever since the College World Series concluded. We've been fortunate enough this past month to indulge in some merchandise giveaways, as well as a raffle for tickets for the Frisco Classic!

We will also be tabling at Dr. Pepper Ballpark on the following dates:

Thursday, August 8th

Saturday, August 24th

We're going to be posting more giveaway opportunities through all of our social media accounts throughout the next month, so make sure to follow out Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay tuned!! Our social handles are listed below.

Instagram: @friscoclassic

Twitter: @friscoclassic

Facebook: /friscoclassic

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The Illinois Fighting Illini finished their season at 36-21 overall with an impressive 15-9 conference record in the Big 10. Dan Hartleb's squad got the Illini back in the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2015. Despite the Iliini's elimination in the Regionals, Illinois tallied six draftees in this years MLB Draft. Top pick for the Illini was junior 2B Jack Massey by the Royals in the fourth round. Senior outfielder Jack Yalowitz was tabbed on the second day of the draft as well after being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 10th round. In the very next round, junior SS Ben Troike was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. On the final day of the draft, the Illini had three more players picked.

Junior RHP Cyrillo Watson: Los Angeles Dodgers, 23rd Round

Senior RHP Quentin Sefcik: Cincinnati Reds, 24th Round

Senior OF Zac Taylor: Chicago Cubs, 25th Round

The Illini concluded the season with a big win however, and that is returning reliever Garrett Acton, who completed his season with All Conference accolades as well being named a Rawlings/Perfect Game All American. Acton also carries himself with a 3.98 GPA, so expect him to come to Frisco with aims of a college degree and a very high draft stock. Illinois got a steal retaining Acton for one more year.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys concluded their seventh season under future Hall of Fame coach Josh Holliday at the 40 win mark and Big 12 Conference Tournament Champions. Shortly after winning the conference tournament in Bricktown Ballpark, the Cowboys returned to Oklahoma City again, winning their Regional before losing in a grueling three game series to Texas Tech in the Super Regionals. Even though the Cowboys didn't make to Omaha this season, they hail eight players who were selected in this years MLB Draft. Five of the eight players drafted were from the pitching staff, including the Cowboys top pick Logan Gragg, who was tabbed in the eighth round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Another pick on the second day of the draft went to pitcher Peyton Battenfield in the following round with the Houston Astros. On the final day of the draft, Oklahoma State had six players get selected.

Junior LHP Brady Basso: Oakland Athletics, 16th Round

Junior OF Trevor Boone: Colorado Rockies, 18th Round

Junior RHP Jensen Elliott: Baltimore Orioles, 19th Round

Junior SS Andrew Navigato: Detroit Tigers, 20th Round

Junior RHP Jake Lyons: Baltimore Orioles, 22nd Round

Senior C/OF Colin Simpson: Colorado Rockies, 29th Round

The Cowboys will be back in Frisco for the first time since our first ever Frisco Classic back in 2017.

The UCLA Bruins were the #1 ranked team in the country throughout the majority of the season until they lost to Michigan during the Wolverines magical run in the Super Regionals. Throughout the entire season, John Savage's squad won every single weekend series this season as well as going undefeated during mid-week games, completing their season at 52-11 and an outstanding conference record of 24-5. The Bruins star studded roster shined its light during this years MLB Draft, setting the UCLA baseball record of players drafted at a staggering 13. On the first day of the draft, a trio of Bruins were selected. That included Junior 1B Michael Toglia who was the Bruins top pick, going 23rd overall to the Colorado Rockies. Junior Ryan Garcia went 50th overall to the Texas Rangers and soon after, Junior 2B Chase Strumpf went to the Chicago Cubs as the 64th overall pick. On the second day of the draft, defensive star Ryan Kriedler was selected in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers. Additionally, breakout star pitcher Jack Ralston completed his season with 11 wins on the year, was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Junior outfielder Jeremy Ydens was chosen in the following round by the Washington Nationals. On the final day of the draft, seven Bruins were selected.

Redshirt Junior LHP Justin Hooper: Kansas City Royals, 17th Round

Junior OF Jack Stronach: San Diego Padres, 21st Round

Senior OF Jake Pries: New York Yankees, 24th Round

Redshirt Senior RHP Nate Hadley: Minnesota Twins, 25th Round

Redshirt Sophomore RHP Kyle Molnar: Los Angeles Angels, 26th Round

Senior IF Jake Hirabayashi: Minnesota Twins, 39th Round

Senior Catcher Ty Haselman: Los Angeles Dodgers, 40th Round

The Texas A&M Aggies concluded their 2019 campaign with a 39-23-1 overall record and a conference record of 16-13-1. Their winning record and conference play as well as the overall amount of wins in the season proved enough to place them as the #2 seed in the Morgantown Regional hosted by West Virginia University. However, it was the #3 seeded Blue Devils out of Duke who eliminated the Aggies and the Mountaineers. The Aggies had the fewest amount of players (4) get drafted out of this group of teams, however the Aggies produced first round pick infielder Braden Shewmake, getting selected by the Atlanta Braves. Shewmake will be joined by fellow teammate Kasey Kalich, as he was tabbed by the Braves in the fourth round. LHP John Doxakis was high draft pick as well, going to the Tampa Bay Rays. On the last day of the draft, the Aggies were fortunate enough to have the lengthy RHP Mason Cole get selected by the Texas Rangers in the 27th round.

There will have a lot of talent returning to College Station next season, so you can expect Rob Childress's 15th season to bring a lot of tenacity and improvement from last season. The Aggies will be back in Frisco again for the second time in the past 3 years.

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