HOUSTON, TX — Tickets for the Shriners Children’s College Classic, which will be held at Minute Maid Park from March 4-6, 2022, are now available for purchase at Astros.com/CollegeClassic. The 22nd annual three-day, six-team, nine-game tournament will feature a star-studded field in Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and UCLA. A full tournament schedule is below.
Of the six participating programs, two advanced to the 2021 College World Series, Tennessee and Texas, with Texas advancing as far as the Semifinals. LSU advanced to the Super Regionals, dropping the series to Tennessee. UCLA played in the Lubbock regional, which was won by Texas Tech, a 2021 College Classic participant.
Baylor is returning to Shriners Children’s College Classic for the third time in the last four seasons and for the 13th time in tournament history. They last played at Minute Maid Park in 2020 and were declared the Tournament Champions with a perfect 3-0 record and wins over Arkansas, LSU and Missouri. Baylor went 31-20 this season marking the fifth-consecutive season for Baylor to finish with a record above .500.
LSU returns next year for their fourth appearance in tournament history (2015, 2017, 2020, 2022). Their 2022 appearance will be their first at the Shriners Children’s College Classic without Head Coach Paul Mainieri, who retired following the 2021 season. LSU went 38-25 this season and advanced all the way to the NCAA Super Regionals, losing that series to Tennessee.
Oklahoma is making its third appearance at the Shriners Children’s College Classic. They last played in the tournament in 2020 and provided the tournament highlight, a no-hitter by RHP Dane Acker, the first in tournament history and the first thrown by an Oklahoma pitcher since the 1989 season. Oklahoma went 27-28 this season.
Tennessee is making their fourth appearance at Minute Maid Park in their program’s history (also, 2005, 2008, 2012). They’re coming off of a 50-18 season and an appearance in the College World Series. Ranked No. 3 at the end of the 2021 regular season, Tennessee finished their campaign with an SEC Eastern Division title and their fifth trip to the College World Series in program history.
The University of Texas will be returning to the Shriners Children’s College Classic for the 10th time in their program history. The Longhorns will return under Head Coach David Pierce, who has coached at the College Classic in 11 different seasons while at stops at Texas (2020), Sam Houston State (2014) and Rice (2003-11). Texas was one of the final four teams in the 2021 College World Series and was eliminated in the Semifinals by eventual champion Mississippi State.
UCLA will be making their second appearance at the Shriners Children’s College Classic. They last played in the tournament in 2009 with a rotation headlined by RHP Gerrit Cole and RHP Trevor Bauer. UCLA went 37-20 this season and advanced to the Regionals before being eliminated by Texas Tech.
Overall, the Shriners Children’s College Classic has hosted over 33 programs in its 22-year history and has seen a multitude of future Major Leaguers participate, including All-Stars Alex Bregman (LSU in 2015), Max Muncy (Baylor in 2011), Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer (UCLA in 2009), David Price (Vanderbilt in 2007), Matt Carpenter (TCU in 2006) and Anthony Rendon (Rice from 2009-11). The tournament typically attracts close to 100 professional scouts from all 30 Major League teams.
The 2022 tournament marks the seventh year for it to carry the name Shriners Children’s College Classic, which has been set forth by 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 each ticket sale directly to Shriners Children’s as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.