NC State Highlights 2014 USA Baseball-Irish Classic Field
Oct. 11, 2013
Notre Dame, Ind. -- USA Baseball and the University of Notre Dame announced the return of the USA Baseball-Irish Classic for a second year on Wednesday. The second edition will feature an elite a field as anything seen during the sport's regular season for a three-day event, Feb. 28-March 2 in Cary, N.C.
NC State will be joined at the USA Baseball National Training Complex by hosts Notre Dame, defending national champion UCLA, Big Ten foe Michigan, perennial Southern Conference power Appalachian State and Horizon League opponent Youngstown State for the three-day tournament. The tournament will once again be presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.
"The Irish Classic has quickly established itself as one of the premier early-season events on the college baseball calendar," says Scott Dupree, Executive Director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. "This year's powerful field, which includes some of the biggest names in the sport, will only serve to strengthen that reputation. The GRSA is a long-time partner of USA Baseball, of course, and we are proud to join forces with Notre Dame to help make the Irish Classic one of college baseball's signature events."
Tickets for the USA Baseball-Irish Classic are on sale at UND.com/tickets or by calling (574) 631-7356 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET). Weekend passes will be $27 per adult, with day passes available for $12 per adult. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free of charge. Limited and service charges may apply.
"The Irish Classic continues to grow in its second year at the USA Baseball National Training Complex," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. "The quality of competition, as evidence by the participation of national champion UCLA and CWS participant NC State, is some of the best you will see outside of Omaha this year and we are excited to partner with the University of Notre Dame to put on a first class event for the great baseball fans of North Carolina."
Nine players between the Irish, NC State and UCLA have USA Baseball credentials.
For NC State, head coach Elliott Avent served as an assistant on the 2004 Collegiate National Team, while current student-athletes Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner competed on the 2012-13 Collegiate National Teams.
The lone Notre Dame USA Baseball alum is freshman Cavan Biggio, who was a member of the 2012 18U National Team that won gold at the IBAF 18U World Championship in Seoul, South Korea.
UCLA sports five USA Baseball alums including head coach John Savage, who served as an assistant on the 2000 Collegiate National Team. Student-athletes David Berg (2012-13 Collegiate National Teams), Cody Poteet (2008 14U National Team), Hunter Virant (2011 18U National Team) and Kevin Kramer (2009 16U National Team) all have National Team experience.
"I think you might be able to say without knowing every preseason tournament out there, that this field is as strong as any other regular season tournament or NCAA regional," said Notre Dame head coach Mik Aoki. "UCLA is the defending national champion, NC State should be a top-five or top-ten team this year, Appalachian State is a strong Southern Conference program, Michigan is putting a lot of resources into its program, we were as high as No. 15 in the country last year early in the season and Youngstown State is an up-and-coming team. We are very excited to be able to play host to such a loaded field."
2014 USA Baseball-Irish Classic presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance