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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Preview (April 29th-May 1)

By: John Lockwood

As we enter the mid-point of the MVC conference season, I was going to use this post to highlight those players whom have been the most outstanding half-way through Valley play. But with my attention span being that of a small-dog’s, I was completely sidetracked by this video— taken en route to Evansville’s series against Wichita State, which the Shockers won—and felt compelled to devote (at least the opening segment of) this article to it: Continue reading

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

By: John Lockwood

Pitching was the theme of this weekend’s MVC conference play, with several impressive performances and thrilling series being played across the Valley. In a highly anticipated match-up of last year’s conference championship, Wichita State took two of three from visiting Illinois State, getting two solid outings from their left-handed starters. In what was possibly the most exciting and tightly contested series played all season (every game was decided by one run), Southern Illinois upset the best team in the conference by taking two, on the road, from #29 Creighton—in the shiny new TD Ameritrade Ballpark. Possibly the best pitching came from the Bradley-Evansville series, where three pitchers tossed complete games—two of them shutouts. Meanwhile in Springfield, Missouri State took two of three from Indiana State in a series which saw Brock Chaffin knock in seven runs—in one game. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Preview (April 22nd-24th)

By: John Lockwood

This weekend’s Missouri Valley Conference action promises plenty of exciting baseball—and even a little history in the making—as four of the top five teams get set to play each other Friday night. Illinois State (24-10, 4-2) travels to Wichita State (23-17, 3-3) in a highly-anticipated rematch of last year’s MVC State Farm Tournament Championship, while #29 Creighton (26-8, 5-1)—who crack the Top 30 for the first time this season—will host Southern Illinois (13-23, 4-2) in the first ever series at the brand new TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Elsewhere in conference play, Evansville (20-14, 1-5) will look to right its season against a struggling Bradley (19-15, 1-5) in Peoria, while Missouri State (21-14, 4-2) hopes to build off of last week’s series victory over SIU in a three-game set at home against Indiana State (19-16, 2-4). Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (April 15th-17th)

By: John Lockwood

This weekend’s MVC action aimed to please the fan no matter what their disposition. If they were looking for an offensive display, they need look no further than Wichita, KS, where three Shockers players combined for 21 runs batted in—more than any other TEAM put up on the weekend. If they were looking for good pitching, they had to look no further than Peoria where Illinois State pitchers compiled a dumbfounding 26 strikeouts against Bradley hitters—on Saturday alone. The end result: Creighton sits atop the conference with 5-1 record, while Illinois State, Missouri State and Southern Illinois all sit in second with records of 4-2. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Preview (April 15th-17th)

By: John Lockwood
After a very exciting first week of Missouri Valley Conference play, the red hot Salukis of Southern Illinois sit atop the conference (at least for the time being) with a spotless 3-0 record after sweeping Evansville last weekend. Creighton, Indiana State and Missouri State are all tied for second with 2-1 conference records. The mid-week was not particularly kind to the teams of the Valley however, as the MVC posted a combined record of 3-7 on Tuesday and Wednesday. As well, in the four games against SEC/Big 12 teams, the conference was just 1-3—with the lone win coming in Creighton’s 7-6 walk-off finish against Kansas State. Continue reading

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MVC Weekend Recap (April 8th-10th)

By: John Lockwood
If this week’s Missouri Valley Conference games were any sign of things to come, then this promises to be one exciting season. The match-up of #1 vs. #2 in the MVC took place in Bloomington, IL, as Creighton (22-7, 2-1) ended up taking two of three from Illinois State (21-9, 1-2) with a dramatic finish in Sunday’s finale. Missouri State (19-11, 2-1) battled with last year’s regular season co-champions Wichita State (21-13, 1-2), taking two of three in a series where no game was decided by more than two runs. Southern Illinois (11-19, 3-0)—who entered the weekend with the Valley’s worst record—surprised the entire conference by taking all three on the road from a potent Evansville (17-12, 0-3) team. And in Terre Haute, the Indiana State Sycamores (19-11, 2-1) posted wins in Friday’s and Saturday’s games before dropping the finale to Bradley (19-11, 1-2) on Sunday. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Preview (April 8th-10th)

By: John Lockwood
After what seems like six very long, very cold and just all-around unpleasant weeks, the weather is finally starting to come to its senses just in time for 2011 Missouri Valley Conference play to begin this weekend. With—and I can’t believe I’m saying this—sun and warm temperatures forecast for the Midwest this weekend (keep your fingers crossed that the rain holds off until Monday), one can’t help but realize two things:  Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (April 1st-3rd)

By: John Lockwood
With the last weekend before conference play in the books, Creighton (20-5), Illinois State (19-7), and Bradley (17-8), sit atop the MVC standings with only their midweek matchups to prepare them for next weekend. Noticeably, Wichita State (18-11) has dropped out of the top-3 and now sits in fifth place behind Evansville (15-9). Missouri State (16-10), Indiana State (15-10) and Southern Illinois (7-19) round out the remainder of the league. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Preview (April 1st-3rd)

By: John Lockwood
The Missouri Valley Conference enters its last weekend of non-conference play, with many teams looking to finalize their lineups and pitching rotations before their conference series begin next week. Creighton holds the best record in the MVC at 17-5, with Wichita State in second at 17-8, and the Redbirds of Illinois State tied with Bradley for third at 15-7. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (March 25th-27th)

By: John Lockwood
Oh, the Midwest in March. As the teams of the Missouri Valley Conference entered their second-to-last weekend series before conference play, they received a less-than-warm welcome from a frigid cold front sweeping across the region. As a result, many teams saw their series cut-short (Creighton didn’t even play a game), leaving them to gear up for their mid-week games and—hopefully—warmer temperatures. The notable exception was Wichita State who traveled to #24 Oregon for a four game series. Wichita split the opening double-header, dropping the first game 2-1, yet scored two runs in the top of the ninth to win game two by a score of 6-4. Saturday night, Wichita played the longest game in Shockers history, winning a grueling 17-inning ordeal 6-5. However, the Shockers dropped the series finale 6-1 to ultimately split the series at 2 games apiece. Continue reading