FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
SPRINGFIELD — The 2011 Missouri State baseball schedule has been completed and includes a total of 55 games as the Bears move into their eighth season at Hammons Field. The schedule features 24 home dates, 31 road games and 14 contests against teams that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Missouri State will play nine different teams in its first nine games of the year, beginning with a trip to San Marcos, Texas, to play Air Force, Washington, Texas State and Nebraska at a tournament hosted by Texas State (Feb. 18-20). The Bears return to the Lone Star state the next week (Feb. 25-27) to play Dallas Baptist, Texas-Arlington and South Dakota State at UTA’s field.
Missouri State follows that with a March 1 trip to Oklahoma State before opening the home season with North Dakota (March 4-6).
The Bears play at Arkansas State (March 8-9) on the way to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a weekend series at Southern Miss (March 11-13). Following that, MSU plays a pair of midweek home games with Southeast Missouri State (March 15-16) and hosts Western Illinois over the weekend (March 18-20).
Missouri State will play split weekend series the next two weeks, playing at Oral Roberts (March 25) and hosting the Golden Eagles the next two days, and playing the first two games at Saint Louis (April 1-2) before the Billikens come to Springfield for the April 3 finale.
Missouri State hosts Kansas (March 30), Arkansas (April 13), Missouri (May 3) and Oklahoma State (May 17) in midweek games this season, with road midweek contests at Kansas (April 5), Kansas State (April 19) and Missouri (April 27).
The Bears host Wichita State (April 8-10), Indiana State (April 22-24) and Bradley (May 13-15) in Missouri Valley Conference action, and hit the road for league series at Southern Illinois (April 15-17), Evansville (April 29-May 1), Illnois State (May 6-8) and Creighton (May 19-21).
The Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship will be held May 24-28 in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritrade Park, the new site of the College World Series.
Ticket information can be obtained by calling the Missouri State athletics box office at (417) 836-7678.
The 2011 season will be the Bears’ 29th year in Division I and also the 29th season for Bears’ head coach Keith Guttin, who enters the year with a 959-607 career record. It’s the 21th season for Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference.