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Bulldogs, Wildcats Series Starts Friday; All Games 5:00ct, Networks Vary

There are three regional round games still to be finished today, weather permitting. But Mississippi State and Arizona fans have been given days and times for their upcoming super regional at Dudy Noble Field.

The NCAA announced this morning that the Starkville super regional will be played Friday-through-Sunday. Game times each day are 5:00 central.

And since Mississippi State is expecting a sellout, the TV schedule is of obvious interest to Diamond Dog fans who can’t get in or can’t make the trip. Friday’s game will be carried on ESPN2; Saturday on ESPNU; and the if-necessary Sunday game is on…one of those, depending on how other super regionals develop.

Mississippi State is the #6 national seed and thus hosting the super round, having swept three games in the first round Starkville Regional. Arizona meanwhile had to go on the road as a regional two-seed and after losing to the host team battle back through the bracket and defeat the Ragin’ Cajuns twice Monday to take the Lafayette Regional.

The winner of this best-of-three series will advance to the 2016 College World Series. Mississippi State is playing to make a tenth such trip to Omaha, since 1971.

This is only the second super regional played on Dudy Noble Field since the NCAA began the current format in 1999. The other was in 2007 and saw the Bulldogs sweep a pair from Clemson, earning an eighth Mississippi State appearance at the Series.

The 2013 Bulldogs won their way to Omaha by winning both games played at Virginia in the second round. This is the sixth super regional for the program, which has a 5-6 record in such settings.

Mississippi State and Arizona have never met in post-season play of any sort. In regular season matchups Bulldog teams have a 11-4 lead going back to 1978. The most recent meeting was just last season when State beat the visiting Wildcats twice in a round-robin weekend at DNF.

Bulldog Club officials have said they expect, as usual, all reserved seats to be sold with none available on game days. General admission tickets are on sale.


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