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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Preview (May 13th-15th)

By: John Lockwood

With two weeks remaining in MVC conference play, the Creighton Jays sit atop the conference standings with a 10-5 conference record, one-game ahead of Wichita State at 9-6. Meanwhile, Illinois State and Southern Illinois remain tied for fourth at 8-7, a half-game behind Missouri State (8-6) who had a game of their Evansville series cancelled due to rain. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Recap (May 6th-8th)

By: John Lockwood
I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong, and after going 0-4 on predictions this week I’ll admit: I was wrong. But that doesn’t stop the truth of the matter from being that the team with the worse record won every series in the Missouri Valley this weekend. Wichita State took two of three from conference-leading Creighton at Eck Stadium to bring them within one game of first place, while Missouri State climbed up in the standings to third thanks to a series victory over Illinois State. Elsewhere in the Valley, Bradley won its first conference series on the season taking two of three from visiting Southern Illinois and Indiana State took its second MVC series victory from an Evansville team which had been rolling as of late. Continue reading

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Missouri Valley Conference Weekend Preview (May 6th-8th)

By: John Lockwood

As we cross the mid-point of the MVC conference season, the teams of the Valley gear up for week number five with three teams tied for second, two games behind Creighton.

All eyes will be on Wichita, KS where the Shockers will host the first-place Jays’ in a possible preview of the MVC Championship game to be played later this month. Meanwhile, the best hitting team and best pitching team in the conference go head-to-head this weekend in Normal, Ill. But before we get to that, as promised, this week College Baseball Daily presents the Missouri Valley Conference Mid-Season team—recognizing the top performers, by position, half-way through conference play: Continue reading

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

By: John Lockwood

With more than half the teams of the Missouri Valley heading into Friday within one game of each other for first place, this weekend’s series gave some teams the chance to distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the conference standings. Creighton (30-10, 8-3) did just that, taking all three from a visiting Bradley (20-21, 2-9) at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, and putting themselves into sole possession of first with their 8-3 conference record. While in any other season I would have said that Southern Illinois (16-27, 7-5) would just be hoping to survive their series against a visiting Wichita State (28-19, 7-5), this year it was SIU who was ahead in the standings. However, the Shockers still took two of three from the Salukis, evening up both teams at 7-5 records—good for second place in the conference. Tied with them is Illinois State (26-13, 6-5), whose crowing of new all-time wins and saves leaders during their series win over visiting Indiana State (22-19, 4-7) brings to light their recent emergence as the best pitching team in the MVC. Right behind the Redbirds, Salukis and Shockers, in third place, is Missouri State (24-17, 6-5) who dropped two of two at Evansville (24-15, 5-6), as a resurgent Purple Aces team attempts to make a second-half run in the conference standings. Continue reading

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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