STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI Sports/MSU Athletics) –For the 12th time, the NCAA selected Mississippi State’s Dudy Noble Field as host of an NCAA Baseball Championship Regional, the selection committee announced Sunday.
The regional will begin on Friday, May 31 with opening-round games at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will also feature 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. first pitches, with an if-necessary game to be played on Monday at 7 p.m. (All times are subject to change based on NCAA and television decisions.)
Participating teams, as well as seeding, will be announced tomorrow at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.
The 2013 Diamond Dawgs finished the regular season with a 43-17 overall record, including a 23-2 mark against non-conference competition. State closed the season with wins in seven of its last nine contests, including a 3-1 mark at last week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament.
“Our fans have consistently made Dudy Noble Field the premier college baseball destination in the country and it’s great to bring an NCAA Regional back to them,” head coach John Cohen said. “The kids on this team have fought all year and this is a great opportunity to start a new season in front of the nation’s best college baseball fans.”
Mississippi State has previously hosted 11 NCAA Baseball Regionals, with the last coming in 2003. Dudy Noble Field also was home to Mississippi State’s 2007 NCAA Super Regional victory over Clemson. The Bulldogs have advanced six of the 12 times when hosting postseason rounds.