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Tickets For Pontiff Classic Now On Sale
02/17/2010 4:45 PM ET
Tickets are now on sale for the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Baseball Classic between Louisiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi, to be played at Zephyr Field on Wednesday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.

All tickets are $15 each, and are available at the Zephyr Field box office, or at all Ticketmaster locations.

The LSU Tigers, defending national champions, are ranked third in Baseball America's preseason poll. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles, meanwhile, are coming off the first College World Series appearance in school history, and are ranked 21st.

The seventh annual contest will be the first time LSU and USM have met in the Classic. The event began in 2004 with LSU taking on Southeastern Louisiana, and the Tigers hold a 5-1 record in the game, including a 10-6 win over Louisiana-Lafayette last year.

Pontiff Jr., who died unexpectedly on July 24, 2002, was a three-year letterman for LSU. He was the designated hitter on LSU's 2000 NCAA championship team, and was the Tigers' starting third baseman in 2001 and 2002. A Biological Sciences major with a 3.25 GPA, Pontiff was named to the 2002 District VI Academic All-America team, and he was a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. Pontiff was taken in the 21st round of the 2002 draft by the Oakland Athletics, and had not decided whether to return to LSU for his senior year.

Some of the charities and non-profit organizations in the community the Wally Pontiff Pontiff Jr. Foundation supports are Jefferson Parish Recreation Department, Camp Summer Tribe, LSU Scholarship Programs, and Sisters Servants of Mary.

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