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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fresh off of its Big 12 Tournament Championship and its eighth NCAA Regional appearance in 10 seasons, the Mizzou baseball program has announced its 2013 spring competition schedule on Thursday (Nov. 29). The 2013 season will mark the Tigers’ inaugural season as members of the Southeastern Conference, which is widely regarded as the premier league in college baseball. In all, Mizzou’s schedule will feature 30 home dates, including 15 home games against SEC competition. Season tickets will go on sale Dec. 3 and cost $60 for adults and $30 for youth, making it one of the best ticket deals in the SEC.
As usual, the Tigers will open the first two weekends of the 2013 season on the road and will travel to cities in the heart of SEC territory, beginning with a three-game series at Southern Miss from Feb. 15-17. Following that trip, the Mizzou will pay the Memphis Tigers a visit from Feb. 22-24 in Memphis before returning home for a 14-game homestand to kick off the month of March. Of course the three-game series at Memphis comes following last year’s meeting between the two teams at Taylor Stadium.
Big Ten foe Northwestern will be the first team to pay visit to Columbia this season as the Wildcats visit for a three-game stint from March 1-3. Mizzou will then host Eastern Michigan for a pair of midweek games on March 5 and 6 before hosting San Francisco for a three-game series from March 8-10 at Taylor Stadium. Of course, the series with San Francisco is highly-anticipated as Tiger pitching coach Matt Hobbs coached at USF before coming to Mizzou two seasons ago. Also, the Dons swept the Tigers in San Francisco last season.
Mizzou will host Jackson State on March 12 before opening SEC play with powerhouse South Carolina on March 15 at Taylor Stadium. The Gamecocks have played in the College World Series final in each of the last three seasons, winning two straight before losing to Arizona last season. Of course, Mizzou played Arizona in the NCAA Tucson Regional last season. Following the series with South Carolina, the Tigers will close the homestand with a pair of midweek games against Arkansas State on March 19-20.
Following that, the first SEC road trip will be on tap for the Tigers as they head to Knoxville, Tenn., for a three-game series with the Tennessee Volunteers from Mach 22-24. A midweek game with Nebraska-Omaha on March 26 is sandwiched between the Tigers’ series in Knoxville and a three-game home series against SEC powerhouse LSU from March 29-31 at Taylor Stadium. With LSU coming to Taylor Stadium in late March, Mizzou fans will get to see the Tigers against two of the most storied programs in college baseball with South Carolina and LSU both playing series at Taylor Stadium in the month of March.
The excitement continues the next week as the Tigers and Illini have resumed their rivalry at Busch Stadium, marking one of the premier non-conference neutral site games in all of college baseball. That game will be played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, which is home of the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Tickets for that game will be on sale through both the StlCardinals.com and on MUTigers.com. Of course, Mizzou won last year’s tilt, 5-4, keeping it undefeated in three games inside Busch Stadium.
The Tigers will then be on the road at Georgia from April 5-7, April 9 at Missouri State and April 12-14 at Vanderbilt. Mizzou returns home for a game with Missouri State on April 17, beginning a nine-game homestand. Mizzou will host SEC powerhouse Florida from April 19-21 at Taylor Stadium, a midweek game against Murray State on April 23 and then another three-game SEC series with Auburn from April 26-28. Of course, Mizzou defeated Auburn in a three-game series in Auburn last season. The nine-game homestand concludes with an April 30 contest against in-state rival SEMO.
The Tigers will then hit the road again for two straight weekend SEC series at Texas A&M (May 3-5) and Alabama (May 10-12) before closing the regular season with an SEC home series against Kentucky (May 16-18). The SEC Tournament will then begin on May 22 in Hoover, Ala.
Season tickets for Mizzou baseball can be purchased through the Mizzou Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS or logging onto MUTigers.com. At just $60 for adults and $30, fans can see every game at Mizzou for just $2 per game (adults) and $1 per game (youth) this season, making it one of the best ticket packages in the SEC. With home series against SEC powerhouses South Carolina, LSU and Florida, don’t miss your chance to be a part of history this season in Mizzou’s inaugural season in the SEC.