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Mississippi State will host an NCAA regional inside the new $55-million Dudy Noble Field in its inaugural season.

Mississippians love their college baseball and fans of Mississippi State and Ole Miss will be happy to know that both schools will be hosting NCAA regionals this weekend.

Starkville and Oxford were selected as one of 16 host sites for the NCAA Tournament. It’s the second-straight year for the Rebels to have postseason play at Swayze Field while the Bulldogs will host for the first time since 2016.

The remainder of the field will be announced on the NCAA Selection Show today at 11 a.m. on ESPNU. Southern Miss, which won the Conference USA Tournament on Sunday, received an automatic bid.

The four-team regionals will begin with a pair of games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. An “if necessary” game would be played on Monday, June 3.

It is the 14th time for MSU to host a regional overall and it has advanced seven times as the host team. The Bulldogs won the 2016 Starkville Regional but were swept at home by Arizona in the Starkville Super Regional.

The Diamond Dogs were projected to be the No. 3 national seed by D1Baseball.com. National seeds will also be announced during Monday’s selection show.

Ole Miss welcomed Saint Louis, Missouri State and Tennessee Tech to Oxford last year but it was Tennessee Tech that moved on to a super regional after winning two of three from Rebels.

Ole Miss was believed to have earned the final regional host spot after a strong showing at the SEC Tournament, as the Rebels advanced to the championship game.

Ole Miss and Texas A&M were in the running for the final spot and the Rebels posted a 4-0 record against the Aggies this season. Texas A&M has an RPI of 15 while Ole Miss is at No. 22.

Six of the 16 NCAA regional sites are from the SEC with Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Vanderbilt joining the Bulldogs and Rebels.

Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and East Carolina are the remaining host sites.

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