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Conference USA baseball tournament coming to Biloxi in 2017

Biloxi will host the tournament in tournament in 2017 and 2018. (Photo source: C-USA Facebook page) Biloxi will host the tournament in tournament in 2017 and 2018. (Photo source: C-USA Facebook page)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Good news baseball fans — The Conference USA baseball tournament is coming to Biloxi.

On Wednesday, officials with MGM Park, Overtime Sports, the City of Biloxi, Conference USA and the University of Southern Mississippi announced an agreement to host the tournament in 2017, 2018 and an option to host in 2019.

“Bringing this Championship event and outstanding baseball conference to the Gulf Coast was an effort that saw so many people come together and I am extremely happy to be a part of that,” stated Tim Bennett, Overtime Sports President. “Our top priority now is to make sure this event is as successful as possible and we hope that the first three years are just the first of many more to come.”  

Officials say it stands to be a big economic generator for the city and the region because it will involve the top eight finishers in regular-season play. It will include teams from across the southeast including Rice University, perennially ranked in the top 20 in the country.

The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA regional tournament.

Additionally, the tournament will mean that Southern Miss will have a decided home-town advantage for five straight years. The Golden Eagles have hosted the tournament five times – the latest in 2014, 2015 and will host again in 2016.

Southern Miss was host to the tournament in 1996, 2005 and 2009.

Besides Pete Taylor Park, the C-USA tournament has also been played at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. 

The MGM Park agreement will make it easier for Southern Miss fans on the Coast to get to the games.

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