May 18, 2013
Illinois State earned its first-ever outright MVC regular-season title after finishing 16-5 in league play – and the Redbirds have earned the tournament's top seed. The Redbirds were also regular-season co-champions in 2010, sharing with Wichita State.
Illinois State enters the tournament on the heels of a five-game winning streak after taking all three matchups this weekend against Southern Illinois and the final two against Evansville the previous weekend. The Redbirds will open play against No. 8 Bradley at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.
Wichita State is the tournament's No. 2 seed entering next week's championship. The Shockers finished the regular-season with a 15-6 MVC record and will face seventh-seeded Southern Illinois in their opening game, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
Creighton finished league play at 13-8 after taking a 2-1 series victory over Missouri State in the league’s final weekend, and the Bluejays will earn the No. 3 seed in next week's championship. Third-seeded Creighton will take on No. 6 Indiana State in the tournament's opening game at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. No. 4 Missouri State will open play at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon against fifth-seeded Evansville.
The Missouri Valley Conference will televise the title game from the 2013 MVC Baseball Championship on Saturday, May 25, on Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Metro Sports.
On Saturday, May 25, Valley TV cameras will showcase Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill., for the 7:07 p.m. (CST) telecast. The title game will be shown live at 7:07 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest (3.2 million homes), FOX Sports Indiana (1.2 million homes), FOX Sports Kansas City (1.6 million homes), FOX College Sports Central (68 million digital homes), Comcast SportsNet Chicago (4.759 million homes), DirecTV (Channel 671), Dish Network (Channel 418), AT&T U-Verse (Channel 748) and ESPN3 outside the league’s six-state footprint (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska).
Fans can also follow the MVC Baseball Championship on ESPN3 (www.espn3.com) for all games played on May 21 through May 24. ESPN3 – ESPN’s web-based platform – has 70 million unique users and an additional 21 million unique users on college campuses and military bases. Indianapolis-based WebStream Productions will produce the all 12 (or 14, including if-necessary games) of the tournament for ESPN3 for all games leading into the televised final on FSN.
Illinois State to Host MVC Championship
Illinois State will serve as host for the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship for the first time in school history, from May 21-25. The 2013 event will take place at Duffy Bass Field, a 1,000-seat, artificial turf infield, that recently received a $3.2 million renovation, including chair-back seating, ticket booths, an open concourse with concession stands, new restrooms and a state-of-the-art press box facility.
For the fourth consecutive season, the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship will welcome all eight league members to compete for the Valley's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. This year's format will divide the eight teams into two pods based on regular-season finish (Seeds 1, 4, 5 and 8; Seeds 2, 3, 6 and 7). Each four-team bracket will be a double-elimination format, with the winners squaring off in a one-game championship on Saturday evening.
Games are played at 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each of the first three days, two "if necessary" games at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, with the championship game airing on Fox Sports Midwest at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.