MSU's First Pitch Banquet Set for Feb. 23

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's 13th-ranked Baseball Bulldogs take center stage Thursday, February 23 when MSU hosts the ninth annual "First Pitch/Meet the Team Banquet" on the MSU campus. The 7 p.m. event, scheduled on the eve of the Bulldogs' Feb. 24 season opener against Marist College at Dudy Noble Field, will be held for the first time in the recently-completed Palmeiro Center.

Banquet tickets cost $25 per person and go on sale Wednesday, January 25 through the MSU Athletic Department Ticket Office. The tickets can be purchased during normal weekday business hours at the ticket office in the Bryan Athletic Administration Building on campus. Patrons can also place telephone orders for banquet tickets by calling (662) 325-2600.

With the move to the spacious Palmeiro Center, MSU officials anticipate a record crowd as Mississippi State skipper Ron Polk, set to begin his 27th season at State, formally introduces State's 116th baseball edition. MSU returns 18 letter-winners, including 10 pitchers and all but one starting position player from last year¹s 42-22 edition. That team won the 2005 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament in four games and advanced to the program's ninth NCAA Regional Tournament in the past 10 seasons. This year's State team has garnered top 20 national ranking in three preseason polls.

A pre-banquet autograph session with the MSU team has been added to this year's banquet lineup.

For additional ticket or banquet reservation information contact the MSU Athletic Ticket Office (662-325-2600).


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