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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


Creighton wins 2011 MVC Championship with 3-1 win over Wichita State

OMAHA, Neb. – For just the second time in school history the Creighton baseball team ends the Missouri Valley Tournament as champions, defeating Wichita State 3-1 on Saturday night. Creighton’s pitching staff allowed just four hits on the day, surrendering the only run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Jays win the first MVC Tournament title since 2007, earning the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Creighton (44-14) battled through the losers’ bracket to make it to the championship, defeating Missouri State twice to earn the right to play for the title. The Jays will learn their fate for the field of 64 on Monday at 11:30 with a selection show put on by the NCAA. Continue reading


2011 Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Day 3 Recap

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


2011 Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Day 2 Recap

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


Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Day 1 Recap

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


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

By: John Lockwood

With the second to last weekend of MVC play in the books, Creighton has a one game lead in the standings thanks to two wins over the weekend at Evansville. Missouri State jumped into second place thanks to their second straight series victory, this time in a sweep over visiting Bradley. Wichita State dropped to third despite taking two of three from Indiana State at home, while Illinois State secured sole possession in the battle for fourth place on the road at Southern Illinois. Continue reading


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


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


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


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