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Mississippi State and LSU open Super Regional series

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BATON ROUGE (Mississippi News Now) -

It's finally gameday between the Bulldogs and Bayou Bengals at The Box. Mississippi State faces LSU tonight in Game 1 of the Baton Rouge Super Regional. First pitch is at 8:00pm, the game will be televised on ESPN2.

As you can expect, high demand for tickets to watch MSU and LSU. Tickets were on sale Friday at 8:00am but they sold out in less than 30 minutes.

The Bulldogs are embracing their underdog role this weekend against the #4 national seed.

Head coach Andy Cannizaro said: "Here we are. Nobody expected us to be here. Nobody thought we would still be playing, everybody thought our guys would be in summer ball right now. So here we are against big bad LSU against Mississippi State this weekend with a chance to go to Omaha. There's not a better storyline in the country."

Another big storyline is Cannizaro returning to Baton Rouge. He was an LSU assistant before taking the head coach job at MSU. "I love all of those kids in that other dugout. We have stayed in touch all season long, and those kids know that I'll always be there for them. It's deeper than the baseball part of it, I will always pull for those guys, they always know that I've got their back. But for the next 3 days, we're here to play baseball, and I'll catch up with those guys down the road sometime."       

Brent Rooker is line for more major honors. The Ferriss Trophy winner and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year is also a Dick Howser Trophy finalist. "We've been underdogs all year, it's not going to change this weekend. And that's kind of the position we like to be in," Rooker said.

Bulldog bats have come alive the past few games. Ryan Gridley hopes that and a us against the world mentality pays off. "We've been swinging it really well, we've had some pitchers step up, and that's kinda brought us to where we are. Hopefully that brings us to the promised land in Omaha."     

BATON ROUGE SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 10 – 8 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

Sunday, June 11 – 8 p.m. CT (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

Monday, June 12 – TBD

Jeff Barker is in Baton Rouge covering the Bulldogs. You can follow him on twitter and facebook.

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