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Southern Miss, MSU announce home-and-home baseball series

Southern Miss’ Scott Berry talks about 2017 season

Southern Miss baseball opens the season on Feb. 17 in Hattiesburg.
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Southern Miss baseball opens the season on Feb. 17 in Hattiesburg.

The Southern Miss and Mississippi State baseball programs announced a home-and-home series for the 2018 and 2019 seasons on Wednesday.

MSU is set to visit USM on Feb. 16-18, 2018, marking the Bulldogs' first trip to Hattiesburg since the 2010 campaign.

Southern Miss will travel to Starkville on Feb. 22-24, 2019. It will be USM's first visit to MSU since 2009.

“I think it's outstanding for our fan base, our state,” USM coach Scott Berry said Wednesday. “The luxury is in baseball we've always had that agreement in our state between us Ole Miss and State, that we’d play. We haven’t played State as much as we’d like to since 2010, but that will be up next year with the three-game series. It’s a win, win for both fan bases. It keeps all the money in the state. We’re excited about the opportunity with them next year and returning it in ‘19 on the second week of the season.”

Since 2011, USM and MSU have met just once a season with the game taking place in Pearl. The two teams will meet on March 21 in Pearl this season, the last time that will happen until likely 2020.

The Golden Eagles open the 2017 campaign on Feb. 17 with a three-game series against Northeastern.

MSU opens the season on Feb. 17 against Texas Tech in Starkville.

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