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Big Ten Central Texas Challenge
March 5, 2021 - March 8, 2021
The Round Rock Express, in partnership with Peak Events, LLC, the Big Ten Conference and Host Partner City of Round Rock, are excited to announce the Big Ten Central Texas Challenge, a four-day, eight-game baseball series at Dell Diamond from March 5-8. The one-of-its-kind event is set to feature the Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Purdue Boilermakers.
In accordance with Big Ten Conference guidelines, no fans will be allowed to enter Dell Diamond. Broadcast information is expected to be announced in the coming days.
The Big Ten Central Texas Challenge will feature two four-game series as Nebraska faces off against Purdue while Michigan battles Iowa. The Cornhuskers and Boilermakers kick things off with a Friday afternoon showdown. The two universities will meet for a Saturday doubleheader prior to Michigan and Iowa beginning their four-game slate. Nebraska and Purdue conclude their series on Sunday prior to the Wolverines and Hawkeyes clashing in a doubleheader. Michigan and Iowa close out their four-game set on Monday.
For the pair of doubleheaders, the first game will be seven innings in length while the second contest will be a traditional nine-inning affair. The second game will follow approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest.
A full schedule for the Big Ten Central Texas Challenge is as follows (designated home team is listed second):
Friday, March 5
Game 1: Nebraska vs Purdue
Saturday, March 6
Game 2: Nebraska vs Purdue (doubleheader)
Game 3: Nebraska vs Purdue (doubleheader)
Game 4: Michigan vs Iowa
Sunday, March 7
Game 5: Nebraska vs Purdue
Game 6: Michigan vs Iowa (doubleheader)
Game 7: Michigan vs Iowa (doubleheader)
Monday, March 8
Game 8: Michigan vs Iowa