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Southern Miss announces strong baseball schedule for 2018 season

Southern Mississippi outfielder Mason Irby comes around third to score against South Alabama during the third inning of their NCAA Regional baseball game at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg on June 4.
Southern Mississippi outfielder Mason Irby comes around third to score against South Alabama during the third inning of their NCAA Regional baseball game at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg on June 4. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

The Southern Miss baseball team finally released its schedule for the 2018 season and it features one of the better non-conference slates in recent years for the Golden Eagles.

Mississippi State will be in Hattiesburg on Feb. 16-18 for three games. First pitch for the season opener is at 4 p.m.

Georgia Southern, one of the more respected programs in the Sun Belt, is coming to Hattiesburg on March 9-11 for the final non-conference weekend series of the season.

USM lost one weekend series in Hattiesburg on Feb. 23-25 when Stony Brook canceled its trip due to New York's travel restrictions following the implementation of HB 1523.

The Eagles will instead travel to Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas, that weekend for a tournament. USM's opponents have yet to be announced in the tournament, but Texas-Arlington, South Dakota State, Bradley and Stephen F. Austin are taking part.

USM schedule
USM schedule

USM will participate in another tournament in Pensacola on March 2-4 with games against Eastern Michigan, Ohio State and Nicholls.

USM will have one big two-game mid-week series against Louisiana-Lafayette in Hattiesburg on April 3 and 4.

The conference opponents coming to Hattiesburg this year are UTSA (March 16-18), Rice (March 30-April 1), WKU (April 6-8), Middle Tennessee (April 20-22) and Louisiana Tech (May 11-13).

Southern Miss will not play a regular season game in Biloxi, but has a good shot to qualify for the Conference USA Tournament at MGM Park on May 23-27.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

USM baseball schedule

Feb. 16 - Mississippi State - 4 pm

Feb. 17 - Mississippi State - 1 pm

Feb. 18 - Mississippi State - 1 pm

Feb. 20 - at South Alabama - 6:30 pm

Feb. 23 - Stephen F. Austin Tournament - TBA

Feb. 24 - Stephen F. Austin Tournament - TBA

Feb. 25 - Stephen F. Austin Tournament - TBA

Feb. 27 - at New Orleans New Orleans, La. - 6:30 pm

Mar. 2 - Eastern Michigan$ - 6 pm

Mar. 3 - Ohio State$ - 3 pm

Mar. 4 - Nicholls$ - 2 pm

Mar. 7 - at Alabama - TBA

Mar. 9 - Georgia Southern - 6 pm

Mar. 10 - Georgia Southern - 2 pm

Mar. 11 - Georgia Southern - 1 pm

Mar. 14 - at Tulane - 6:30 pm

Mar. 16 - UTSA - 6 pm

Mar. 17 - UTSA - 2 pm

Mar. 18 - UTSA - 1 pm

Mar. 20 - Southern - 6 pm

Mar. 23 - at FAU Boca Raton, Fla. 5:30 pm

Mar. 24 - at FAU - 3 pm

Mar. 25 - at FAU - 11 am

Mar. 27 - at Ole Miss - TBA

Mar. 30 - Rice - 6 pm

Mar. 31 - Rice - 2 pm

Apr. 1 - Rice - 1 pm

Apr. 3 - ULL - 6 pm

Apr. 4 - ULL - 6 pm

Apr. 6 - WKU - 6 pm

Apr. 7 - WKU - 2 pm

Apr. 8 - WKU - 1 pm

Apr. 10 - Ole Miss (Pearl) - 6:30 pm

Apr. 13 - at FIU - 6 pm

Apr. 14 - at FIU - 5 pm

Apr. 15 - at FIU - 11 a.m.

Apr. 17 - at SE. Louisiana - 6 pm

Apr. 20 - MTSU - 6 pm

Apr. 21 - MTSU - 2 p.m.

Apr. 22 - MTSU - 1 p.m.

Apr. 24 - South Ala. - 6 p.m.

Apr. 27 - at Old Dominion - 5 pm

Apr. 28 - at Old Dominion - 2 pm

Apr. 29 - at Old Dominion - noon

May 1 - Tulane - 6 p.m.

May 4 - at UAB - TBA

May 5 - at UAB - TBA

May 6 - at UAB - TBA

May 11 - La. Tech - 6 pm

May 12 - La. Tech - 2 pm

May 13 - La. Tech - 1 pm

May 15 - New Orleans - 6 pm

May 17 - at Marshall - TBA

May 18 - at Marshall - TBA

May 19 - at Marshall - TBA

May 23-27 - C-USA Tourney - Biloxi

$ Pensacola tournament

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