A Classic Classic

In the four-year history of the Whataburger College Classic, fans have been treated to appearances by top-ranked Rice and Arizona and all-tournament performances from players like Ike Davis, Sam Demel, Aaron Luna, Joe Savery, Colt Sedbrook, Eric Sogard and Jon Gaston.

Nationally-ranked and renowned clubs like Arizona State, TCU, Texas Tech, Notre Dame and South Alabama have also spent parts of their spring breaks at 734 East Port Avenue.

How does this sound for 2010? UCLA, Mississippi State and Oklahoma join Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Whataburger College Classic's fifth edition March 12-14 at Whataburger Field.

The Bruins, Bulldogs and Sooners have combined for 77 NCAA tournament appearances and 19 trips to Omaha for the College World Series. The Sooners were national champions in 1951 and 1994 and finished 18th nationally in 2009.

Recalled Corpus Christi Hooks president Ken Schrom: "My first response when the field for 2010 was finalized was 'WOW!' This will be a weekend at Whataburger Field to remember with three of college baseball's elite programs. It'll be a great opportunity for fans throughout South Texas - fans of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in particular - to come out and see the best in college baseball."

Tickets go to public sale for the Fifth Annual Whataburger College Classic on Friday, February 12. Hooks season-ticket holders may reserve their same-seat locations by calling the box office at 361-561-HOOK, x: 1. Season-ticket invoices offered the option.

Whataburger College Classic adult ticket packages for all three days are just $18, a terrific value! Youth packages (ages 4-12) are $9. Daily tickets are $8 and $4. Children 3-and-under are admitted free.

The schedule:

Friday, March 12

Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma, 2 p.m.

TAMUCC vs. UCLA, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 13

Oklahoma vs. TAMUCC, 1 p.m.

Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 14

Oklahoma vs. UCLA, 11 a.m.

Mississippi State vs. TAMUCC, 3 p.m. (DH)

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

City/State: Starkville, MS

Founded: 1878

Enrollment: 18,601

School Colors: Maroon & White

Home Field (capacity/year built): Dudy Noble Field (15,000/1967)

Conference: SEC (Western Division)

Athletics Website: www.MStateAthletics.com

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: John Cohen

Alma Mater (year): Mississippi State University (1990)

Record at School (seasons): 25-29 (1)

Overall Record (seasons): 346-226-1 (10)

Assistant Coaches: Butch Thompson, Lane Burroughs, Nick Mingione

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Brent Brownlee - OF, So., .290/1/11

Jet Butler - 2B, Sr., .335/4/37

Ryan Duffy - DH, Sr., .339/10/33

Connor Powers - 1B, Sr., .301/19/63

Nick Routt - LHP, So., 5-3/4.15

Russ Sneed - 3B, Sr., .333/9/43

Tyler Whitney - LHP, Sr., 3-4/5.18

Everyday Players Returning: 6

Everyday Players Lost: 3

Lettermen Returning: 17

Lettermen Lost: 15

2009 RECAP

Overall Record: 25-29

Home Record: 18-11

Road Record: 7-16

Neutral Record: 0-2

Conference Record (finish): 9-20 (6th in SEC West/12th overall)

THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

City/State: Norman, OK

Founded: 1890

Enrollment: 30,092

School Colors: Crimson and Cream

Home Field (capacity/year built): L. Dale Mitchell Park (2,700/1982)

Conference: Big 12

Athletics Website: www.SoonerSports.com

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Sunny Golloway

Alma Mater (year): Oklahoma Christian College (1984)

Record at School (seasons): 170-98-1 (5)

Overall Record (seasons): 505-254 (12)

Assistant Coaches: Tim Tadlock, Mike Bell, Russell Raley

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Garrett Buechele, 3B, So., .353/4/40
Casey Johnson, OF, Jr., .307/7/44
Chris Ellison, OF, So., .316/3/22
Cameron Seitzer, 1B/DH, So., .307/4/21
Ryan Duke, RHP, Jr., 3-1/3.22/16
Jeremy Erben, RHP, Sr., 0-1/3.62
J.R. Robinson, LHP, Sr., 3-1/6.49
Michael Rocha, RHP, Jr., 5-3/4.84

Everyday Players Returning: 4

Everyday Players Lost: 5

Letterman Returning: 17

Letterman Lost: 15

2009 RECAP

Overall Record: 43-20

Home Record: 26-5

Road Record: 13-11

Neutral Record: 4-4

Conference Record (finish): 17-10 (2nd)

Conference Tournament Record: 1-2

Postseason Record: 2-2 (Norman Regional)

TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI

City/State: Corpus Christi, TX

Founded: 1947

Enrollment: 9,650

School Colors: Blue and Green

Home Field (capacity/year built): Chapman Field (500/2002)

Conference: Southland

Athletics Website: www.goislanders.com

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Scott Malone

Alma Mater (year): McMurry (1998)

Record at School (seasons): 42-71-1 (2)

Overall Record (seasons): 42-71-1 (2)

Assistant Coaches: Chris Ramirez, Marty Smith, Blaze Lambert

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Jeramie Marek, OF, So., .335/2/20

Weston Montgomery, OF/P, So., .278/3/20; 0-0/2.70

Jacob Perales, OF, Jr., .282/5/26

Trey Hernandez, 1B/P .236/12/33; 2-3/8.20/4

Brandon Orr, P, Sr., 2-6/6.05

Roy Ferdin, P, Jr., 2-7/6.27

Brett Carnline, P, Sr., 3-7/7.14

Andrew Toppert, P, Sr., 1-5/5.40

Everyday Players Returning: 4

Everyday Players Lost: 5

Lettermen Returning: 17

Lettermen Lost: 13

2009 RECAP

Overall Record: 18-38

Home Record: 9-15

Road Record: 8-23

Neutral Record: 1-0

Conference Record (finish): 9-24 (12th)

UCLA
City/State: Los Angeles, CA

Founded: 1919

Enrollment: 37,500

School Colors: Blue and Gold

Home Field (capacity/year built): Jackie Robinson Stadium (1,250/1981)

Conference: Pac-10

Athletics Website: www.uclabruins.com

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: John Savage

Alma Mater (year): Nevada (1991)

Record at School (seasons): 141-150 (5)

Overall Record (seasons): 229-234-1 (8)

Assistant Coaches: Rick Vanderhook, Steve Pearse, P.C. Shaw

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Trevor Bauer, RHP, So., 9-3/2.99/2

Gerrit Cole, RHP, So., 4-8/3.49

Blair Dunlap, INF/OF, Sr., .301/7/39

Justin Uribe, INF/OF, Sr., .318/3/23

Garett Claypool, RHP, Sr., 2-1/3.49

Rob Rasmussen, LHP, Jr., 4-2/6.45/1

Matt Grace, LHP, Jr., 4-3/4.72

Chris Giovinazzo, OF, Jr., .286/1/15 RBI

Everyday Players Returning: 4

Everyday Players Lost: 5

Lettermen Returning: 17

Lettermen Lost: 12

2009 RECAP

Overall Record: 27-29

Home Record: 16-10

Road Record: 11-16

Neutral Record: 0-3

Conference Record (finish): 15-12 (t-3rd)