Permits have been distributed for more than 80 vehicles that will be remain in place throughout the 2002 baseball campaign. Mississippi State opens its 32-game home schedule Feb. 22-24, entertaining the UAB Blazers and the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second annual NBC Classic. UAB takes on Ohio State in the Feb. 22 tournament opener at 11 a.m., with the 17th-ranked Bulldogs testing the Blazers at 3 p.m.
Coach Ron Polk and the MSU staff will send the 2002 Diamond Dogs through a pair of early afternoon practice games at Dudy Noble Field this weekend. The Saturday and Sunday practice sessions are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and are open to the public. The 44-player MSU squad launched its preseason drills Monday.