Astros to host Houston Winter Invitational

Astros to host Houston Winter Invitational
February 1, 2014, 10:00 am
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(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
CSNHouston Staff

Seven college baseball teams will compete in the Houston Astros second-annual Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park from Feb. 1-4.

The NCAA Division-II universities participating in the event are: Central Missouri, St. Mary’s (TX), Arkansas Monticello, Arkansas Tech, Henderson State (AR), Tarleton State (TX) and Winona State (MN).

Winona State (MN). Central Missouri is currently ranked No. 19 while St. Mary’s is ranked No. 15 in the 2014 College Baseball News Preseason Poll. These two ranked teams will match up on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

The University of Central Missouri (formerly known as Central Missouri State) is the alma-mater of Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety in 1976, while also starring on the diamond as a standout pitcher for the Mules. Immediately prior to Saturday's Game 3 between Central Missouri and St. Mary's, Crane will be presented with a special gift by the University of Central Missouri Athletics Director, Jerry Hughes, and the President of Central Missouri, Dr. Chuck Ambrose. Crane will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Tickets are now available on the Astros website. Here is the schedule:

2014 Houston Winter Invitational Schedule*

Sat., Feb. 1

Arkansas Monticello vs. Arkansas Tech 10 a.m.

Henderson State vs. Winona State 2 p.m.

St. Mary’s vs. Central Missouri 6 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 2

St. Mary’s vs. Arkansas Monticello 10 a.m.

Henderson State vs. Central Missouri 2 p.m.

Arkansas Tech vs. Winona State 6 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 3

Tarleton State vs. Winona State 10 a.m.

Arkansas Monticello vs. Central Missouri 2 p.m.

Henderson State vs. Arkansas Tech 6 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 4

Winona State vs. Central Missouri 10 a.m.

Henderson State vs. Arkansas Monticello 2 p.m.

Tarleton State vs. Arkansas Tech 6 p.m.

(home teams listed second)

* - times subject to change; games after 10 a.m. could begin up to 30 minutes prior to scheduled start time

This is the first of two college baseball tournaments to be held at Minute Maid Park this spring. The Astros will also host the 14th annual Houston College Classic from Feb. 28-March 2.