GCS Ballpark in Sauget will play host to the annual “Braggin’ Rights” college baseball game between the University of Illinois and University of Missouri at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as the two programs square off there for the second time in the park’s history.
Both teams are ranked in the top 25 with the Illini (19-6-1) at No. 17 and Mizzou (20-9) at No. 23. The lone local player for either squad is Mizzou freshman right-hander Tanner Houck, a Collinsville High graduate.
Houck, who was drafted in the 12th round last June by Toronto as a high school senior, is one of the Tigers’ top three starters. He has a 4-1 record and 2.96 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings.
“We’re thrilled to host this event at GCS Ballpark and it’s especially exciting because of the way these two programs have played throughout the first half of the college baseball season,” Grizzlies general manager Steve Gomric said. “It will be a great atmosphere and experience for both Illini and Mizzou fans.”
GCS Ballpark last played host to the rivalry game on May 15, 2007, when Mizzou beat the Illini 12-5. The ballpark also has strong ties to NCAA baseball in the St. Louis area as the home field for both Lindenwood-Belleville and Webster University.
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