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2004 Baseball Schedule
Baseball Announces 2004 Schedule
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Thirty home dates, including two home contests with in-state rival Mississippi State, three with Ole Miss (one home, one away, one neutral), along with eight teams that participated in NCAA Regional Tournaments last season, including Super Regional participant Houston, along with an appearance in McNeese State's Cox Communications/ESPN Lake Area Classic, highlight the 2004 Southern Miss baseball schedule.
"We're excited about our schedule for the 2004 season," sixth-year Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach and the 2003 Keith LeClair Conference USA Coach of the Year Corky Palmer said. "We always try to play the best competition that will not only challenge our club but also prepare us for Conference USA competition. The conference continues to be one of the best in the nation, after sending four teams to the regionals last year."
"This year's schedule has eight opponents that were selected to participate in the NCAA Regional Tournament, and Houston advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. The conference schedule will be tough once again. We will travel to USF, Saint Louis, Tulane, UAB and Charlotte and have home series with Houston, TCU, Memphis, Louisville and East Carolina. I also believe the tournament at McNeese State, where we will face Indiana State from the Missouri Valley, Oklahoma State from the Big 12 and McNeese State, will be a challenging event for our team before we open conference play.
Other highlights on the Southern Miss 2004 schedule will include contests with 2003 NCAA participants Alabama, East Carolina, Houston, McNeese State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Alabama and Tulane. Houston is the only team on the Golden Eagles' schedule that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.
The Golden Eagles open the 2003 season with a three-game home series with Northwestern State, La., and a single home date with South Alabama, before traveling to New Orleans for a single game, before playing a three-game series at Louisiana Tech on Feb. 27-29. Southern Miss hosts Louisiana-Monroe for a two-game series, and then participate in the Cox Communications/ESPN Lake Area Classic hosted by McNeese State on Mar. 5-7.
The Golden Eagles travel to Alabama on Mar. 10, come home to host Eastern Illinois for a three-game series on Mar. 12-14 and a single game with Southeastern Louisiana and then open Conference USA play with Houston at home, Mar. 19-21. Alabama will be coming to Hattiesburg for the 2005 season.
Non-conference contests with Ole Miss (home), Mississippi Valley State (home), two home dates with Mississippi State (4/6-7), road dates at Southeastern Louisiana and Ole Miss, Ole Miss for a third time in Jackson on Apr. 27 and New Orleans at home will be sprinkled around the conference schedule.