The Illinois baseball team travels to Frisco, Texas, this weekend for the Frisco Classic, one of the top round robin tournaments in college baseball. The Illini are set to play No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 23 Oklahoma State, and No. 1 UCLA at the Frisco Roughriders' Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
The Frisco Classic field has combined for over 10,000 wins, 687 MLB draft picks, 90 conference titles, 116 NCAA postseason appearances, 31 College World Series appearances, and two College World Series titles. Some of the top MLB Draft prospects in the nation will showcased, including Texas A&M ace Asa Lacy, who is the No. 3 overall pick in Baseball America's latest mock draft (Feb. 19) after starring for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team over the summer. Lacy is scheduled to throw against Illinois on Friday night.
Illinois (3-3) rebounded from a 1-3 start to the season by beating Coastal Carolina and West Virginia on Saturday and Sunday of last weekend. The Illini received shutdown innings on the mound, led by starters Ty Weber (W at Coastal) and Cole Kirschsieper (W vs. West Virginia), to get the Illini to .500 ahead of one of the toughest weekends on the schedule.