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Shriners College Classic
SportCollege baseball
Founded2001
No. of teams6
TV partner(s)ROOT Sports Southwest
MLB Network
Official websitehttp://www.astros.com/collegeclassic

The Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic is an annual six-team college baseball tournament held in Houston and hosted by the Astros Foundation. The 15th annual tournament was held at Minute Maid Park in March 2015.[1][2] It was initially called Astros College Classic from 2001 through 2002, the Minute Maid Park College Classic from 2003 through 2007,[3] and the Houston College Classic from 2008 through 2015. In December 2015, the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children announced a multi-year naming rights agreement for the tournament,[4] rebranding the event the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic.

As part of the agreement with Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Astros Foundation announced that the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic would be nationally televised for the first time in history on MLB Network.

In December 2015, the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children announced a multi-year naming rights agreement for the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park.

The College Classic is seen as the start of the college baseball season in Texas.[5] At the end of the tournament, a Most Outstanding Player and an All-Tournament Team are announced.[6][7]

Competitors[edit]

The Houston Cougars of the American Athletic Conference and Rice Owls of Conference USA who hold a rivalry, compete in the tournament annually.[8] The other four teams invited to the tournament alternate by year.

"The intensity level is higher in practice because you know you're going to play quality people. I don't have to do much motivation to get the guys up to play three teams like this and in Minute Maid Park -- it's a major league park and guys are excited."

Rod Delmonico, coach of the Tennessee Volunteers[5]

Often, teams competing in the Classic are highly ranked. In 2002, the Classic involved three teams that ended the preceding season ranked in the top 25 of the Baseball Weekly/ESPN, Baseball America, and Collegiate Baseball year-end polls: the Rice Owls, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and Baylor Bears.[9] The 2005 Classic included four top ranked teams: the #11 Baylor Bears, #13 Texas A&M Aggies, #19 Rice Owls, and #23 Oklahoma State Cowboys.[5] Collegiate Baseball ranked all six teams competing in the 2007 Classic: they ranked the Rice Owls the top team in college baseball, and also ranked the #8 Vanderbilt Commodores, #14 Arizona State Sun Devils, #21 Baylor Bears, and #33 Houston Cougars.[10][11] The Texas Longhorns and Rice Owls participated in the Classic when they won the College World Series championship in 2002 and 2003, respectively.[5] The Texas Tech Red Raiders have appeared in the Houston College Classic seven times: in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.[12]

2018[edit]

For the 2018 classic, three SEC teams, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt will be matched against three local universities: Houston, Sam Houston State and Louisiana.[13] The three SEC teams will play each of the three local teams once.

Most Outstanding Players[edit]

Kelly Shoppach was the tournament's first MVP
Year Winner Team Position Ref
2001 Kelly Shoppach Baylor Bears Catcher [14]
2002 Tim Hartshorn Baylor Bears Outfielder [15][16]
2003 Michael Griffin Baylor Bears Outfielder [17]
2004 Seth Johnston Texas Longhorns Third baseman [18]
2005 Josh Geer Rice Owls Pitcher [19]
2006 Brad Lincoln Houston Cougars Pitcher [20]
2007 Matt Spencer Arizona State Sun Devils Outfielder [21]
2008 Diego Seastrunk Rice Owls Catcher [22]
2009 Ryan Berry Rice Owls Pitcher [23]
2010 Bryan Holaday TCU Horned Frogs Catcher [24]
2011 Austin Kubitza Rice Owls Pitcher [25][26]
2012 Jordan Stephens Rice Owls Pitcher [27]
2013 Cal Towey Baylor Bears Third baseman [28]
2014 Aaron Garza Houston Cougars Pitcher [29]
2015 Grayson Long Texas A&M Pitcher [30]
2016 Michael Bernal Arkansas Shortstop [31]
2017 Luken Baker TCU First baseman [32]

Teams by number of appearances[edit]

Team Appearances Years
Houston 18 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
Rice 16 2019, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
Baylor 11 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001
Texas A&M 10 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002
Texas Tech 10 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2001
Texas 8 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2001
TCU 8 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002, 2001
UL Lafayette 4 2018, 2016, 2003, 2002
Tennessee 3 2012, 2008, 2005
Arkansas 2 2016, 2012
Kentucky 2 2018, 2011
LSU 2 2017, 2015
Sam Houston State 2 2018, 2014
Vanderbilt 2 2018, 2007
Alabama 1 2003
Arizona State 1 2007
California 1 2013
Hawaii 1 2015
Kansas State 1 2004
Mississippi State 1 2018
Missouri 1 2010
Nebraska 1 2015
North Carolina 1 2013
Ohio State 1 2004
Oklahoma 1 2008
Oklahoma State 1 2005
Ole Miss 1 2017
Tulane 1 2006
Texas State 1 2019
UCLA 1 2009
UC Irvine 1 2009
Utah 1 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Fans' guide to the 2012 Houston College Classic | Owls | a Chron.com blog". Blog.chron.com. March 1, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "Records (9 pages).pmd" (PDF). Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Shriners Hospitals for Children". www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Archived from the original on January 10, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
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  14. ^ "Baylor University || The Lariat Online || News". Baylor.edu. February 6, 2001. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
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  26. ^ Houston Astros. "Houston College Classic concludes at Minute Maid Park". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  27. ^ Duarte, Joseph (March 4, 2012). "Stephens makes his case as Rice downs Tennessee - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
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  30. ^ Houston Astros (March 8, 2015). "Four Aggies Make Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team". kbtx.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
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