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Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Day 1 Recap

INS_baseballHere is your Day 1 Recap from the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Game 1: Indiana State 4 Creighton 3

NORMAL, Ill. – In game one of the 2013 MVC Baseball Championship, No. 6 Indiana State took down No. 3 Creighton, 4-3 from Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill. The Sycamores will face the winner of the Wichita State/Southern Illinois contest, while the Bluejays will take on the non-winner of the Shockers/Salukis game.

Junior Sean Manaea was set to start the game for Indiana State, but was lifted from the game after feeling tightness in his left shoulder when throwing warmup pitches in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Josh Negele (3-1) went on the start the game for the Sycamores, tossing a career-high 5.1 innings while allowing seven hits and one run with four strikeouts. 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

2013 NCAA Regional Projections (May 8th)

13regionalprojections_smAs we’re now well into the 2013 college baseball season, College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to Selection Monday with our latest 2013 Regional Projections.

For this week’s projections, instead of being solely compiled based on RPI like they have been done in past weeks, every aspect was taken into consideration. College Baseball Daily’s Ginger Poulson (@gingerpoulson) compiled this list after analyzing RPI, overall records, conference standings, overall talent and several other factors. If you have any questions about the projections feel free to leave a comment below or send her a tweet.

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2013 NCAA Regional Projections (May 2nd)

13regionalprojections_smAs we’re now well into the 2013 college baseball season, College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to Selection Monday with our latest 2013 Regional Projections.

For this week’s projections, instead of being solely compiled based on RPI like they have been done in past weeks, every aspect was taken into consideration. College Baseball Daily’s Ginger Poulson (@gingerpoulson) compiled this list after analyzing RPI, overall records, conference standings, overall talent and several other factors. If you have any questions about the projections feel free to leave a comment below or send her a tweet.

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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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2013 NCAA Regional Projections (April 23rd)

13regionalprojections_smAs we’re now well into the 2013 college baseball season, College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to Selection Monday with our latest 2013 Regional Projections.

For this week’s projections, instead of being solely compiled based on RPI like they have been done in past weeks, every aspect was taken into consideration. College Baseball Daily’s Ginger Poulson (@gingerpoulson) compiled this list after analyzing RPI, overall records, conference standings, overall talent and several other factors. If you have any questions about the projections feel free to leave a comment below or send her a tweet.

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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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2013 NCAA Regional Projections (April 17th)

13regionalprojections_smAs we’re now well into the 2013 college baseball season, College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to Selection Monday with our latest 2013 Regional Projections.

For this week’s projections, instead of being solely compiled based on RPI like they have been done in past weeks, every aspect was taken into consideration. College Baseball Daily’s Ginger Poulson (@gingerpoulson) compiled this list after analyzing RPI, overall records, conference standings, overall talent and several other factors. If you have any questions about the projections feel free to leave a comment below or send her a tweet.

Enjoy the regional projections!

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