MSU is advancing to NCAA baseball regional tournament play for the eighth time in the last nine years and the 21st time since 1978. With this year's selection and including district playoffs, Mississippi State has advanced to NCAA postseason baseball competition 27 times dating back to 1949.
The Bulldogs hosted their 11th NCAA regional tournament last year, advancing to the championship game before dropping an 8-6 11-inning decision to North Carolina at Dudy Noble Field.
"We're excited that our young ball club will have an opportunity to play in the 2004 NCAA Regional Tournament," said Polk. "We finished the season strong, winning six of our last seven games. And with our strong RPI and the strength of the Southeastern Conference, I felt we had a chance to get into the tournament."
The Bulldogs are going on the road for regional postseason play for the 10th time. State has competed in previous regionals in Arlington, Texas (1978), Clemson, S.C. (1981), Austin, Texas (1983) , Orono, Maine (1991), Tallahassee, Fla. (1993), Stanford, Calif. (1996), College Station, Texas (1998), and Columbus, Ohio (1999 and 2001).
Regional tournament winners are paired in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series June 11-13, with the super regional winners advancing to the NCAA College World Series June 18-28 in Omaha, Neb.
Mississippi State made back-to-back appearances in the College World Series in 1997 and 1998.
The 2004 NCAA tournament appearance is the 20th in 31 seasons as a collegiate head coach for MSU skipper Ron Polk. Polk has now guided MSU to 17 regional tournament berths since 1978.
The winner of the Atlanta Regional will meet the winner of the Athens (Ga.) Regional for a berth in the NCAA College World Series.