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ST. LOUIS – Missouri State, which returns a dominating young pitching staff and a wealth of depth from last year’s squad, has been tabbed as the league favorite in the annual coaches’ preseason poll, receiving five of eight first-place votes. Continue reading
Since the Cape Cod Baseball League announced their 2011 All-Star Game rosters on Friday, lets take a look at what conferences and college programs have had the most success this summer. The leading conference this year is the Pac-10 conference which features eight players from seven different school. Coming in second place is the SEC which has six players from four different schools. Interesting enough, the ACC and Big East conference both have four players in the game this year which speaks to how strong the the Big East over the last couple of seasons. Continue reading
By: John Lockwood
2011 College Baseball Daily MVC Player of the Year – Chris O’Brien, Wichita State
Chris O’Brien of Wichita State is 2011 CBD Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. The junior catcher from Tulsa, OK, absolutely knocked the cover off the ball in his first full season of duty, hitting .410, tallying 100 hits and 25 doubles, while managing a .495 on-base-percentage—all league bests. His 100 hits were also good for second-most in the nation. O’Brien placed in to the top 3 in the Valley in homeruns (10), RBI (70), and runs scored (56). O’Brien, who hit above .500 for the majority of conference-play, also led the conference with 31 multi-hit games and finishes the season on a career-best 29-game hitting streak. He is a finalist for both the Johnny Bench (best collegiate catcher) and Dick Howser (top collegiate player as voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association) awards. Continue reading
Here is your Missouri Valley Recap for May 27th, courtesy of the Missouri Valley Conference:
#2 Wichita State 9 – #6 Indiana State 0
OMAHA, Neb. – Wichita State (39-25) scored seven runs in the first two innings and two pitchers combined on a four hit shutout as the Shockers cruised to a 9-0 win Friday afternoon over Indiana State (29-28) to advance to the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Championship game. Continue reading
Here is your Missouri Valley Conference Recap for May 26th.
#7 Indiana State 7 #3 Illinois State 6
OMAHA, Neb. – An eighth-inning sacrifice fly from sophomore Robby Ort gave the Indiana State baseball team a late one-run lead and senior Blake Drake picked up his 10th save of the season in the ninth, leading the Sycamores past the Illinois State Redbirds in an elimination game from the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Continue reading
Here is your Missouri Valley Conference Recap for May 25th.
#5 Southern Illinois 5 – #8 Bradley 1
OMAHA, Neb. – Junior pitcher Cameron Maldonado threw a complete game to lead the Southern Illinois baseball team to a 5-1 win over Bradley on Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in an elimination game in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Continue reading
Here is your Missouri Valley Conference Recap.
#6 Indiana State 5 #3 Illinois State 2
OMAHA, Neb. – The Indiana State baseball team scored two runs in the top of the first inning on Tuesday and never looked back, opening the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference with a 5-2 victory over the third-seeded Illinois State Redbirds from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Continue reading
By: John Lockwood
The 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship tournament will take place from May 24-28 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE. TD Ameritrade Park is the home of the Creighton University Jays as well as the College World Series, which will be played there from June 18-29. The format of the tournament is the same as in past seasons, with all eight teams of the MVC being seeded and matched-up accordingly along a two-sided bracket. The tournament is double-elimination with a one game championship to be played Saturday, May 28th. Continue reading
By: John Lockwood
Several teams made the most of the last weekend of MVC regular season play, as three of the four series ended in sweeps. Creighton had the toughest task but came out as lone regular season conference champions with their sweep over visiting Missouri State, while Wichita State and Illinois State finished the season with sweeps over Bradley and Evansville, respectively. Elsewhere in the final series of conference play, Southern Illinois took two of three from Indiana State, solidifying fifth-place in the conference tournament, which starts Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. (See College Baseball Daily’s MVC Conference Tournament Preview for more information.) Continue reading
By: John Lockwood
The final week of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season is upon us, but things are far from set in stone as four teams sit within two games of each other at the top of the standings. The conference schedulers really did save the best for last, as first-place Creighton will host second-place Missouri State in a series that could decide the MVC regular season champions. “Could” is the operative word in that sentence, as Wichita State—with a sweep over last-place Bradley this weekend—could (see scenarios below) find themselves atop the standings to end the season for the second year in a row. Illinois State, currently in fourth, will hope to improve their seed for the conference tournament as they host Evansville, who will be looking to crack into the top half of the standings after dropping their last two MVC series. Southern Illinois, who commands a 9-9 record despite holding the worst overall record in the conference, will head on the road to finish the season against Indiana State. To allow an extra day before the State Farm MVC Baseball Championship starts next Tuesday, this week’s games will start Thursday. Continue reading