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Jags get 3rd seed in Hattiesburg regional. Face #2 Miss. State Friday

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INDIANAPOLIS – The University of South Alabama baseball team will compete in the NCAA Hattiesburg (Miss.) Regional June 2-5 as a No. 3 seed, and will open with No. 2 seed Mississippi State Friday, June 2, at Pete Taylor Park.

Top-seeded Southern Mississippi (48-14) will face No. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago (39-15) in the opening round. Game one of the regional is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch Friday and game two is set to start at 6 p.m., however, it has not yet been announced which teams will play in game one.

The games will be broadcast live by ESPN3 and will be available via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. Each Jaguar game will be broadcast live on 99.5 FM The Jag in Mobile, and available nationwide through the iHeartRadio app. Live stats will also be available for each game of the regional.

USA (39-19) went 1-2 in three games against MSU (36-24) this season. The Bulldogs took a pair of games from the Jags in Starkville, Miss., in March during a round-robin tournament that also featured Columbia. South Alabama defeated then-No. 11 MSU 5-2 on April 18 at Stanky Field.

USM defeated USA in the schools' two contests this season, taking a 4-2 decision in Hattiesburg on March 28 and a 13-7 win at Stanky Field on April 25. South Alabama has faced UIC once in the program's history, which came in 1967.

"We're very excited," USA head coach Mark Calvi. "We played Mississippi State three times this year and Southern Miss twice, and to be honest they are the two best teams we have played all year or right up there. We're excited about the chance to be in the postseason; that's what you play your season for. It doesn't matter where you go or who you're playing, you just want to put yourself in a position to be in the postseason and that's where we are. It's a new season and our guys are excited."

Tickets will go on sale to JAF, Dugout Club and baseball season ticket holders beginning at 8 a.m. Tue., May 30. Should tickets remain in the South Alabama allotment, those will be made available to the general public beginning Wed., May 31 at 8 a.m.

Further ticket and logistics information will be provided when details are made official. Check back with usajaguars.com or the baseball ticket page at jaguarathleticfund.com/baseballtix.

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