For the first time in 22 years, the Illinois State softball team defeated 17th-ranked Mizzou, 7-3 at Farrington Softball Stadium at the Arizona State Littlewood Classic. Additionally, the upset marks the Redbirds first ranked win since 2013.
All but one of the MVC Softball teams were in action during the first weekend of play. As a whole, the league went 27-17 with each team that played earning at least one win. Mary Stephens of Missouri State was named MVC Player of the Week, Nicole Newman of Drake took Pitcher of the Week with Illinois State's Alyssa Wiebel taking MVC Newcomer of the Week.