The field for the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship is set for next week's event at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo., hosted by Missouri State University. Indiana State won its fourth regular-season title (first since 1982), and its first outright title in program history. The Sycamores finished 14-7 in league play – and have earned the tournament's top seed. Indiana State will open play against No. Creighton at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.
Preseason favorite Missouri State is the tournament's No. 2 seed entering next week's championship, coming off a 2-1 series victory at Indiana State. The Bears will face seventh-seeded Bradley in their opening game, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
Wichita State finished league play at 12-9 after taking a 2-1 series victory at Creighton, and the Shockers will earn the No. 3 seed in next week's championship. Third-seeded Wichita State will take on No. 6 Southern Illinois in the tournament's 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. No. 4 Illinois State will open play at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning against fifth-seeded Evansville.
The Missouri Valley Conference will televise the title game from the 2012 State Farm MVC Baseball Championship on Saturday, May 26, on Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Metro Sports.
On Saturday, May 26, Valley TV cameras will showcase Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo., 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 State Farm MVC Baseball Championship on ESPN3 (www.espn3.com) for all games played on May 22 through May 25. 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.
Missouri State to Host State Farm MVC Championship
Missouri State will serve as host for the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship for the third time in school history, from May 22-26. The 2012 event will take place at Hammons Field, a 8,000-seat, natural grass stadium, which also serves as the home of the St. Louis Cardinals AA affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals.
Once again, the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship will welcome all eight league members to compete for the Valley's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The 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.