Bears' First Pitch Night Scheduled for January 26
Dylan Becker (above) and the Bears kick off the 2013 season Feb. 15 at Texas State
Dylan Becker (above) and the Bears kick off the 2013 season Feb. 15 at Texas State

Jan. 3, 2013

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State baseball will host its fifth annual First Pitch and Reunion Night on Saturday, January 26, to kick off the 2013 season, head coach Keith Guttin announced Thursday. The event will take place at the Bill Rowe Indoor Training Facility at Hammons Field at 5 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield.

The 2013 Bears will be on hand to sign autographs and distribute schedule cards. Current and former Missouri State major leaguers, as well as several current minor leaguers, will be in attendance to sign autographs. Additionally, members of Missouri State's 2003 NCAA Division I College World Series team, including big leaguers Jeff Gray, Shaun Marcum and Brad Ziegler, are expected to be on hand to help commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Bears' historic trip to Omaha.

A special live auction featuring sporting and non-sporting memorabilia along with other giveaways will also highlight the festivities. A menu of ballpark food and soft drinks will be provided.

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $20 each, and orders can be mailed to Bears First Pitch, 211 E. Walnut, Springfield, MO 65806. Please include a mailing address for shipment or indicate your preference to pick up tickets at the door on the night of the event. Payment will be accepted by cash or check made payable to Bears First Pitch.

Youth baseball teams interested in attending can receive a group discount information by contacting the MSU baseball office at (417) 836-4497 or via e-mail through

For additional ticket or event information, call (417) 869-4848.

MSU, which went 40-22 in advancing to NCAA Regional play for the first time in nine seasons last spring, will open the 2013 campaign Feb. 15 against host Texas State at the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, Texas. Season tickets for the 2013 campaign are on sale now through the MSU Athletics Box Office and may be obtained in person at the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena, or by calling (417) 836-7678 or (417) 836-3302.



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