STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State baseball program received its third preseason top-10 ranking on Monday (Jan. 13), as D1Baseball picked the 2020 edition as the No. 10 team in the country entering the season.
The preseason No. 10 ranking comes on the heels of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s No. 6 ranking and a No. 8 standing from Perfect Game. The remaining polls from Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and USA Today will be release in the coming weeks.
Seven of MSU's 2020 opponents will begin the season ranked by D1Baseball, with five among the top 15 programs entering the year. Non-Conference opponent Texas Tech (No. 6) joins six ranked SEC opponents on the schedule: Arkansas (No. 7), LSU (No. 11), Auburn (No. 8), Ole Miss (No. 25), Texas A&M (No. 20) and Vanderbilt (No. 2).
Overall, the SEC boasts nine ranked teams, with Florida (No. 4) and Georgia (No. 5) also earning a spot in D1Baseball’s preseason poll.
After making its second-straight trip to the College World Series, grabbing a share of the SEC West Division crown and boasting a 52-15 overall record in 2019, MSU returns an experienced nucleus at the plate in juniors Tanner Allen, Justin Foscue, Rowdey Jordan and Jordan Westburg. The pitching staff returns a host of young and talented arms, led by 2019 National Freshman of the Year JT Ginn.
The quartet of Allen, Foscue, Ginn and Westburg have each earned Preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Perfect Game. Allen, Foscue and Ginn each ended the 2019 campaign with All-America accolades, while Westburg joins Foscue and Ginn on MLBPipeline’s list of top-100 prospects for the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft.
Head coach Chris Lemonis enters his second season after posting the most victories (52) by a first-year SEC head coach in the conference's history and becoming just the third SEC first-year dugout boss to guide a team to Omaha. State finished the 2019 campaign ranked among the top five in each of the major national polls.
The Bulldogs open the 2020 season with a three-game series at Dudy Noble Field against Horizon League champion Wright State from Feb. 14-16. The season opener is slated for 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The series continues with a 2 p.m. start on Saturday, Feb. 15 and 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday, Feb. 16.
While reserved seating season tickets are sold out for the 34th straight season, general admission/standing room only season tickets are available for a cost of $199.
New for the 2020 season, the Mobile Access Pass will provide access to unused chairback seats at Dudy Noble Field. The Mobile Access Pass provides a GA/SRO ticket for all games on the 2020 home schedule, while also offering upgraded access on a game-by-game basis to the unused chairback seats for all home weekend series – excluding Super Bulldog Weekend. The cost for the Mobile Access Pass is $225.
The Mobile Access Pass and GA/SRO season tickets can be purchased at the Mississippi State Ticket Office, located in the Bryan Building off of Lakeview Drive.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-888-GO-DAWGS or online at hailstate.com/tickets.