Mississippi State announces 2021 baseball schedule

 

Chris Lemonis is entering his third season as the head coach at Mississippi State after previously serving as the head coach at Indiana.

Chris Lemonis is entering his third season as the head coach at Mississippi State after previously serving as the head coach at Indiana. Photo by: Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports

 

Ben Portnoy

 

 

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State released its 2021 baseball schedule Tuesday afternoon.

 

As part of the Bulldogs' 55-game slate, MSU will play 35 home games, 16 road contests and four neutral site matchups. Third-year head coach Chris Lemonis and his squad will open the season on Feb. 19-21 at Globe Life Park -- home of the Texas Rangers -- in a three day tournament. Opponents and game times have yet to be announced for the event.

 

MSU will begin SEC play March 19-21 against LSU at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge. Other conference opponents this year include Arkansas (March 26-28), Kentucky (April 1-3), at Auburn (April 9-11), Ole Miss (April 16-18), at Vanderbilt (April 23-25), Texas A&M (April 30-May 2), at South Carolina (May 7-9), Missouri (May 14-16) and at Alabama (May 20-22).

 

 

The Bulldogs' annual meetings with Ole Miss will look slightly different this spring as the yearly Governor's Cup game held in Pearl has been canceled for this year. MSU and Ole Miss released a joint statement on the cancelation Tuesday:

 

"Due to scheduling and logistical challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have agreed that the Governor's Cup game in Pearl will not be played this year. While we are disappointed for our loyal fans in the Jackson area, we look forward to seeing our storied rivalry renewed during the scheduled three-game series April 16-18."

 

MSU's 2021 slate will include games against at least six teams ranked in the D1Baseball preseason top 25 poll. Of those teams, three (No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 6 Ole Miss and No. 8 Arkansas) rank in the top 10. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 7 in the poll.

 

MSU finished the COVID-19-shortened 2020 campaign 12-4 and ranked No. 17 in the nation by D1Baseball -- including a sweep of then No. 4 Texas Tech in Biloxi.

 

 

MSU 2021 schedule

 

 

Non-conference

 

 

Feb. 19-21 @ Globe Life Park (Arlington, TX), opponents TBD

 

Feb. 23-24 vs. Jackson State

 

Feb. 26-28 vs. Tulane

 

March 2 vs. Southern Miss in Pearl

 

March 5-7 vs. Tennessee Tech

 

March 9 vs. Grambling

 

March 10 vs. Louisiana

 

March 12-14 vs. Eastern Michigan

 

March 16 vs. Samford

 

March 23 vs. UT Martin

 

March 30 vs. MVSU

 

April 13 vs. Arkansas State

 

April 20 vs. UAB

 

May 18 vs. Jacksonville State

 

 

SEC Play

 

March 19-21 @ LSU

 

March 26-28 vs. Arkansas

 

April 1-3 vs. Kentucky

 

April 9-11 @ Auburn

 

April 16-18 vs. Ole Miss

 

April 23-25 @ Vanderbilt

 

April 30-May 2 vs. Texas A&M

 

May 7-9 @ South Carolina

 

May 14-16 vs. Missouri

 

May 20-22 @ Alabama

 

 

Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.

 

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