All posts by John Lockwood

John Lockwood has been writing for College Baseball Daily for the past two seasons covering the SEC, Conference USA and Missouri Valley Conference. A lifelong devotee of college baseball, he graduated from Yale University and currently lives in New York City.
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2013 Super Regional Preview: Charlottesville (VA)

MississippiStateTeamMeeting2In what is one of only two Super Regionals this year to feature an ACC vs. SEC match-up, the #9 Mississippi State Bulldogs (46-18) will travel to Charlottesville, VA to take on the #6 nationally seeded Virginia Cavaliers (50-10). Mississippi State will be looking to return to the College World Series for the first time since 2007, while UVA will be hoping to make it their second trip since 2011 when they entered the CWS as the number one overall seed nationally. Continue reading

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2013 Manhattan NCAA Regional Preview

BradHillKansasStateFeaturedThis year’s Manhattan Regional could turn out to be the toughest in the country, highlighted by a possible matchup of the No. 2 offense in the country, Kansas State, against the nation’s best pitching staff, in Arkansas. The seeds:

  1. #14 Kansas State (41-17, 16-8); Big 12 Regular Season Champs
  2. #17 Arkansas (37-20, 18-11); 2nd in SEC West
  3. #30 Bryant (44-16-1, 27-5); NEC Regular Season and Tournament Champs
  4. NR Wichita State (39-26, 15-6); Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champs Continue reading
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2013 Bloomington NCAA Regional Preview

IndianaRegionalLogoFor the first time in school history, the Indiana Hoosiers will be hosting a NCAA Baseball regional. The Hoosiers (43-14), who took home the Big Ten Championship on Sunday with a 4-3 walk-off victory over Nebraska, will welcome Austin Peay (45-13), Florida (29-28) and Valparaiso (31-26) to Bart Kaufman field on Friday. Continue reading

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2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Preview

MVCTourneyLogoFeaturedThe 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Championship tournament opens play this Tuesday May 21 at 9:00am CST at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, IL. To quickly review, the seeds for the tournament are as follows:
1. Illinois State
2. Wichita State
3. Creighton
4. Missouri State
5. Evansville
6. Indiana State
7. Southern Illinois
8. Bradley
Here at College Baseball Daily, we have broken down each game of each round and projected which teams will be advancing through the tournament: Continue reading
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Missouri Valley Conference Recap and Season Awards

MVC.jpgWith a swinging strikeout of Southern Illinois’ outfielder Nick Johnson, Illinois State closer Jeremy Rhoades capped off an unlikely comeback and secured what, just a few months earlier, seemed like an improbable regular season title for his school. For the first time Illinois State’s history, they are regular season Missouri Valley Conference champions. However, just a few months prior, this season seemed like a “rebuilding year” for the team from Normal, IL. Before April 3rd, the Redbirds were just 12-14 overall and came off an embarrassing 20-2 loss to in-state rival Eastern Illinois. However, after April 3rd, the Redbirds embarked on what will be remembered as perhaps the greatest in-season turn-around in school history: the Redbirds went 24-4 through the end of the season, including a school-record 12-game winning streak. The Redbirds compiled a league-best 2.76 ERA in conference games, tallying 12 complete games (which was three more than the rest of the conference combined) including 10 shutouts (the previous Illinois State record was 4). Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (May 10th-12th)

MVCFeaturedWichita State found themselves one win away from clinching their first regular season MVC title since 2010 with, but poor fielding and lack of hitting came back to haunt the Shockers who lost two of three to Creighton this weekend at Eck Stadium. As a result, the Shockers (who are now done with conference play) go into the last weekend of the season with a final conference record of 15-6. Thanks to the Shockers’ two losses this weekend, the Illinois State Redbirds leapfrogged into first place with a series win against visiting Evansville. The Redbirds dropped their opener in a pitchers’ duel 3-2, but came back to outscore the Aces 31-7 in the last two games—run-ruling UE twice to take the series. The Shockers loss is now the Redbirds opportunity as the door is open for Illinois State to take the regular season title, and an all-important number one seed in the tournament, if they can take all three in their final series against Southern Illinois. The Salukis will be looking to make sure that does not happen and with their sweep this weekend against last place Bradley have given themselves a chance at a 6th place finish if they can string together at least two more wins this season. Elsewhere in the conference, Missouri State played a non-conference series against Wright State and Indiana State swept visiting Alcorn State. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (April 29th)

MVCFeaturedWe have reached the mid-way point in the Missouri Valley conference series schedule, with some unexpected results this season. With their second straight conference sweep, the Illinois State Redbirds—who were picked to finish fourth in the pre-season standings—have surprised many throughout the Valley by shooting to the top of the standings after compiling a 9-3 record. To no one’s surprise, right behind them sit Missouri State and Wichita State tied for second. The Bears were able to pick up another series victory by outlasting a scrappy Evansville team, while the Shockers slugged their way past Southern Illinois to add two more wins to their record. Fourth place Creighton played their out of conference weekend against the trio of Nebraska, Rutgers and #24 Oklahoma State in Omaha. Indiana State’s weekend series against UT Martin was canceled due to rain. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (April 19th-21st)

MVCFeaturedAnother weekend of conference play is in the books and Missouri State has pulled back into a tie atop the conference after a sweep of Bradley at home. They of course share the lead with Wichita State who were able to steal two from Evansville at the Eck. The Aces continue to be on the losing end of close games as their last four losses have each come by just one run. Illinois State pitchers were masterful in their series sweep against Indiana State, allowing just one earned run in twenty-four innings of work. Meanwhile, Creighton moved into third place in the standings thanks to a sweep of Southern Illinois in Omaha. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Weekend Recap (April 12th-14th)

MVC_thumb.jpgSweeps were abound this weekend in the Missouri Valley Conference as Indiana State, Wichita State and Illinois State were on the winning ends—while Bradley, Evansville (although playing out of conference) and, more significantly, Creighton were on the losing end. Missouri State and Southern Illinois were the outliers, with MSU taking two of three at SIU. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (March 22nd-24th)

MVCFeaturedThe start of Missouri Valley Conference play was marked as it always seems to be: with a winter snow storm. All the teams in the Valley rushed to finish their series before Sunday (with the notable exception of Wichita State who had the fortune of playing in Hawaii—and ironically had Sunday’s game rained out). In the first weekend of conference play, Creighton took two of three on the road at Evansville, while Indiana State proved they will be a tough team to beat this season by taking all three from visiting Southern Illinois. Out of conference, Illinois State dropped their series to Eastern Illinois, Bradley lost their two games against Dartmouth in Florida, and although their basketball team is on a tear this March, the Wichita State baseball team struggled through their road series at Hawaii, picking up just one win in their four game series. Missouri State had the weekend off. Continue reading