OXFORD, Ms--The Missouri State Bears will square off with Tennessee Tech Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA baseball tournament.
Both teams got their first look at Swayze Stadium Thursday the home of the Ole Miss Rebels.
The teams took batting practice and got used to the field in advance of Friday afternoon's opener.
This is the third time in four years that the Bears have made it to the NCAA tournament.
Missouri State will face an offensive juggernaut in the Golden Eagles.
They led the nation with their .342 batting average and had twice as many homers and RBI then the Bears.
"We know they're very, very offensive, but we're gonna face the pitcher of the year from the OVC. You win 48 games, you've got a pretty darn good team. I think our numbers per game have increased dramatically the last three or four weeks, coinciding with hot weather, which is always a good thing for hitters," said Bears coach Keith Guttin.
"This is a park that could be offensive, it appeared to me. We're kind of excited about that. That's kind of our M.O. It doesn't mean we can't pitch. We've got some guys on the mound that can do a really good job and we'll defend, but offensively, this park seemed to play pretty offensive, at least during batting practice," said Tennessee Tech coach Matt Bragga.
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