DETROIT — The first college baseball game in the history of Comerica Park will feature one of the nationâ€™s oldest rivalries when Central Michigan hosts Michigan State April 20 in the â€œClash at Comericaâ€.
The Chippewas and Spartans will square off at the home of the Detroit Tigers at 6:35 p.m.
The 2011 season marks the 100th anniversary of the first meeting between the two programs. The Chippewas lead the all-time series against the Spartans, 62-46, in a series dating back to 1911.
CMU is the defending Mid-American Conference champions after finishing 36-22 overall, 20-7 in conference play. MSU finished 2010 at 34-19, 11-13 in Big Ten play.
Quotes from press conference:
Central Michigan Athletics Director Dave Heeke
â€œWe look at it as an opportunity to showcase college baseball between two outstanding programs in the state of Michigan. We want to promote the game of college baseball both regionally and nationally and we want to carry the flag in our region.â€
Central Michigan head baseball coach Steve Jaksa
â€œAny rivalry is augmented by a chance to play in a major league park. The opportunity to be part of the first collegiate game at Comerica Park, and to work with the Tigers on this initiative, is great for college baseball, the Tigers and our state.â€
â€œTwo great programs will play at a great venue in a showcase for college baseball.â€
Michigan State head baseball coach Jake Boss
â€œWeâ€™re extremely excited about the opportunity to play at one of the best the baseball stadiums in the country against Central Michigan. To play in the first collegiate game in the ballparkâ€™s history is truly special. Weâ€™re looking forward to a great night of baseball in the Motor City.â€
All tickets are general admission. $8 for adults, $6 for youths/seniors and $5 for CMU students. Groups of 10 or more will also be able to purchase tickets for $5. Tickets may be purchased from CMUâ€™s Ticket Central or the Comerica Park box office.
Through the main gates, located off Witherell Street. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.