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Texas baseball season delayed because of winter weather

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The start of the 2021 Texas baseball season will be delayed by a day because of wintery weather that covers much of the southern United States (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

ARLINGTON, Texas — The start of the 2021 State Farm College Baseball Showdown has been delayed a day, and now will start Saturday, Feb. 20, because of concerns related to the winter weather that has gripped much of the state.

The tournament, which features six of the highest-rated teams in the country, was slated to begin Friday, but was pushed back because of sub-freezing temperatures and icy road conditions that limited or even eliminated travel options for some visiting teams, and created far-from-ideal playing conditions.

“The decision to move the start of the State Farm College Baseball Showdown to Saturday was made in the interest of safety for the fans and the teams,” Texas Rangers Executive Vice President for Sports & Entertainment Sean Decker said. “Our thoughts are with all of those who are being affected by the current dangerous weather conditions. We are looking forward to safely hosting this premiere college baseball tournament this weekend.”

Texas will play Mississippi State at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Longhorns will face Arkansas at 7 p.m. Sunday, and then will close out the tournament at 2:30 p.m. Monday against Ole Miss.

The teams, from the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference, will face off Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Feb. 20-22, with each day’s games delayed by a day. Single-day tickets for the games originally scheduled for Friday will be honored Monday. Tickets issued for Saturday and Sunday games will remain valid on the days for which they originally were issued, as will three-day passes issued to those wanting to see the entire tournament.

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Single-day tickets remain for Sunday and Monday priced at $25 for adults and $15 for youth 13 and under. All tickets for Saturday’s games have been sold. Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com/collegebaseballshowdown. All seating will be general admission. A single-day ticket will be good for all three games on that day. Suite ticket packages are also available for Sunday and Monday.

2021 State Farm College Baseball Showdown — revised schedule

Saturday, Feb. 20 
11 a.m. — Mississippi State vs. Texas 
3 p.m. — Mississippi vs. TCU
7 p.m. — Arkansas vs. Texas Tech

Sunday, Feb. 21 
11 a.m. — TCU vs. Mississippi State 
3 p.m. — Texas Tech vs. Mississippi
7 p.m. — Texas vs. Arkansas

Monday, Feb. 22 
11 a.m. — Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech 
2:30 p.m. — Mississippi vs. Texas
6 p.m. — Arkansas vs. TCU

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