Mississippi State was one of the 16 regional hosts announced tonight. The No. 16-ranked Bulldogs (43-17) will know who else is coming to Starkville when the full field of 64 is announced Monday (11 a.m., ESPNU). The eight national seeds – which get priority for hosting the super regionals – will also be revealed tomorrow.
The Starkville Regional will start Friday with games at 2 and 7 p.m.; MSU will play in the later game. Those will also be the game times Saturday and Sunday, and an if-necessary game would be played at 7 p.m. Monday. The regional is a double-elimination format.
“Having played in a regional tournament at Dudy Noble Field three times during my career at Mississippi State, I can attest to the electric atmosphere that our fans create,” fifth-year head coach John Cohen said in a statement. “I’m excited about our players having the opportunity to experience that great tournament atmosphere here. They have earned this opportunity to play in front of the best college baseball fans in America.”
State will hold an open practice Thursday from 10-11:15 a.m.
MSU finished third in the SEC Western Division, going 16-14 in league play. It went 3-1 in the SEC Tournament, losing to Vanderbilt in the semifinals. Those accomplishments no doubt factored into earning a host bid, but good RPI numbers were very important, too. State is 10th in the country in RPI and boasts a 21-15 record against top-50 RPI teams. All 10 of MSU’s league opponents this year are in the top 50.
Last time the Bulldogs hosted a regional was 2003; North Carolina won it. This will be the 12th regional hosted by MSU.
The SEC had three other teams selected to host: LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Ticket info from media relations (and you can find more info here):
General Admission: $50
Single Game Ticket (Available on Friday, May 31 at Noon at Dudy Noble Field)
General Admission: $10