Tickets for the fifth annual Whataburger College Classic at Whataburger Field go on sale Friday morning at 9 a.m.

The all-event packages for fans are the best value. Packages for fans 13-and-older are available for $18, while packages for youth (ages 4-12) are $9. Daily tickets - good for both games each day - are $8 for adults and $4 for youth. Children under four are admitted free.

To purchase ticket packages or daily tickets beginning Friday, call 361-561-HOOK (4665) x: 1 or stop by the Whataburger Field Box Office. Daily tickets are available at

Texas A&M Corpus Christi coach Scott Malone and the Islanders face each of the three visiting clubs - UCLA, Oklahoma and Mississippi State - over a three-day period. TAMUCC meets the Bruins at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 12, the Sooners at 1p.m. the next day and wraps up competition with a 3 p.m. doubleheader against the Bulldogs Sunday.

Collegiate Baseball has UCLA 20th and Oklahoma 25th in its preseason rankings. The Sooners stand 22nd in USA Today's preseason poll; the Bruins are 23rd by Baseball America. Combined, the three visiting teams have made 77 NCAA Tournament appearances and 19 trips to the College World Series. The Sooners won national championships in 1951 and 1994 and finished 18th nationally last season.

The first four Whataburger College Classics featured top-ranked Rice and Arizona and ranked and renowned teams like Arizona State, TCU, Texas Tech, Notre Dame and South Alabama.

Whataburger Field is open free to the public on Thursday, March 11, for the Baseball America Team Workout Day and Home Run Derby. TAMUCC practices at 4 p.m., followed by Oklahoma (5), Mississippi State (6) and UCLA (8). The derby begins at 7, with two players from each club participating.