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Baseball opens up 2015 with home series against Upper Iowa

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Press Release MSSU:


The Missouri Southern baseball program will open up the 2015 season on Saturday afternoon as the Lions will play host to Upper Iowa University in the season opener for both teams. Game time for both Saturday and Sunday is slated for noon. 


The Lions are coming off a 24-26 season, but have been picked to finish sixth in the preseason MIAA Coaches poll. The team returns 18 players from last year's squad, including six position starters and five pitchers. Junior Payton Walker returns as the lone All-MIAA pick from last season. 

Senior Missouri State transfer and Webb City native Tyler Burgess will start game one of the double-header on Saturday, while Walker will toe the rubber in game two. 

All four games this weekend will have the audio carried live online via www.mssulions.com

This game will also be the first-ever game in the brand new MSSU Baseball Stadium. The yet-to-be-named stadium will seat 600 fans with bleachers that sit atop both dugouts and press box and give an exceptional view of one of the most beautiful facilities in all of Division II baseball. 

The field is 100 percent turf and provides the Lions an advantage when it comes to weather as with the superior drainage system, rainouts will be much less likely with the new surface. A fully functional press box sits directly behind home plate and two luxury suites are on either side of the press box. Both suites will feature indoor and outdoor seating, as well as full catering ability. 

Missouri Southern president Dr. Alan Marble and Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman will throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to the game. The first 500 fans entering the stadium will also receive complementary MSSU baseball hats, as well as a commemorative ticket. 
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