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Southern Miss baseball looks to blow past season ticket sales record

Southern Miss baseball is on pace to surpass its season ticket sales record ahead of the 2018 campaign.

USM's sales effort is helped by an attractive non-conference slate that includes a season-opening series against Mississippi State and a Golden Eagle squad that's again expected to contend for a Conference USA title.

“We are in a very good place right now,” said Stephen Pugh, who is USM's associate athletic director for external operations. “We are just over 1,300, which is actually ahead of last year with a month to go. We think we have a very good shot of setting the best mark we've had since 2005. I think we can do all-time high.”

Season ticket sales hit just short of 1,500 prior to the 2005 campaign, setting the program high.

“We're shooting for 1,600,” Pugh said. “I'm really pleased with the excitement we've seen from fans. We hope they continue to snap up tickets.”

The Mississippi State series will take place Feb. 16-18 in Hattiesburg and some season ticket holders are already placing some of their tickets on online ticket exchanges at high prices. Prices range from $100-300 on sites like StubHub.com and VividTickets.com.

USM's single-game ticket sales will begin on Feb. 1, but fans who already have their season tickets will have a chance buy those tickets in advance of that date.

“Some donors and season ticket holders get a priority to buy single-game tickets before they go on sale for the public,” Pugh said.

That means fewer MSU fans will have a chance to get their hands on single-game tickets for the opening series.

“We're expecting a sellout and fans should plan on getting their tickets as soon as they can,” Pugh said.

Once single-game tickets for the Mississippi State series are made available to the public it's unlikely they'll last long.

“I think it will be similar to the (2017 Hattiesburg Regional) where we run out,” Pugh said. “There might be some hanging around for Sunday.

“I imagine they'll be gone within a day.”

Southern Miss finished 50-16 in 2017, winning the C-USA regular season title and clinching the program's first NCAA regional since 2003.

Brian Dozier to speak

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier will be the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Southern Miss Dugout banquet at the Thad Cochran Center in Hattiesburg on Feb. 3.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and consists of a dinner, a silent auction and the opportunity to meet the 2018 baseball team. The former USM standout will sign autographs from 4:45-5:45 p.m. prior to the event.

Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person with seating limited to 400 people. To reserve your seat, call Collin Cargill at (601) 266-6542 or email him at jared.cargill@usm.edu

Dozier played shortstop at USM from 2006-09 before becoming a fixture in the Twins lineup at second base. He is the only player in MLB history to homer in his first plate appearance in the Major League All-Star Game and the MLB playoffs.

Dozier, who was named a Gold Glove winner in 2017, has 151 career homers as a Major Leaguer.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

Game plan

Who: Mississippi State vs. Southern Miss

When: Feb. 16-18

Where: Pete Taylor Park, Hattiesburg

Tickets: SouthernMissTickets.com, 1-800-844-TICK

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