STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - The inaugural season at the New Dude will feature postseason baseball.
The Mississippi State baseball program will host an NCAA Regional for the 14th time in program history, as the NCAA has tabbed Mississippi State as one of 16 regional hosts for the 2019 NCAA Baseball Championship, the selection committee announced Sunday (May 26).
The four-team regional is set to begin Friday, May 31, with a pair of opening round games. Saturday (June 1) and Sunday (June 2) will also feature two games each, with an if-necessary game to be played on Monday, June 3.
All times will be decided following the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. CT on ESPNU, where participating teams, along with seeding, will announced.
The 2019 NCAA Regional marks the 14th NCAA Regional hosted in Starkville and the first since 2016. In the 13 previous regionals hosted at MSU has won seven of them, including two-straight, sweeping the 2013 Starkville Regional in three games, before taking the 2016 Starkville Regional in four games. Overall, the Diamond Dawgs own a 39-18 all-time mark in NCAA Regional games played at home.
The Bulldogs have advanced seven of the 13 previous times when hosting postseason rounds.
The 2019 season was one of the best in program history, as MSU piled up 45 regular season wins – the second most in program history – and first-year head coach Chris Lemonis became the winningest first-year head coach in Southeastern Conference history. Redshirt-junior Ethan Small was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year and rookie JT Ginn was the SEC Freshman of the Year. Small, along with sophomore Tanner Allen, sophomore Justin Foscue and senior Jake Mangum were all named to the All-SEC first team.
Mississippi State won 11 of 13 weekend series and posted a 2-0 record at the Frisco Classic to begin the month of March and posted a perfect regular season midweek record of 15-0. The Bulldogs posted a 19-11 mark against top-25 opponents and went 25-1 against non-conference opponents during the regular season. State was 32-5 at home during the regular season with four of the five losses coming against ranked opponents.
Reserved tickets for the NCAA Starkville Regional will go on sale to Bulldog Club Members via www.hailstate.com/tickets and over the phone on Tuesday, May 28th at 8:30 a.m. A limited number of Rooftop passes will be available to Bulldog Club Members as well.
Also, on sale at that time will be the standing room only and grass berm areas.
All-Session ticket booklet for reserved chairbacks are $120, with a limit of six (6) per account, while SRO/GA areas will be $60. All-Session Rooftop passes will be $150 and have a four (4) ticket limit.
Season Ticket holders who pre-ordered tickets for the NCAA Starkville Regional will be charged for their pre-order tickets on Monday May 27th. Tickets will then be emailed out to those buyers Monday afternoon.
The MSU ticket office will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day but will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, May 28th. To purchase tickets or more information contact the ticket office at 1-888-GO-DAWGS.
Single-game ticket information will be available starting Friday morning May 31st at 8am online or beginning at 9am at Dudy Noble Field Right field box office.
Mississippi State Students
Student single-game, general admission tickets will be available at the MSU Athletic Ticket Office for $10 with valid student ID beginning Friday, May 31, at 8:00 a.m. Students may also, on Friday, purchase tickets online or in person at the Bryan Building ticket office or Dudy Noble Field box offices.
All general public will call will be handled at the Right field box office. Team will call and Team player pass list admissions will be handled under a tent located at the Right Field Plaza entrance.
Baseball season ticket holders who have a season parking pass will use the same parking pass issued for the 2019 regular season. All Bulldog Club Reserved Baseball parking passes will be honored. No additional parking passes will be on sale as all remaining lots around Dudy Noble Field are free of charge.
RV season parking holders will also use their same pass for the weekend. Season RV passes will use Lot 38. RVs with reserved passes can begin parking at 8 am Friday, May 31st.