The Valley had a big weekend going 33-10, including Bradley's win over No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette. Maria Schroeder of Bradley was named MVC Player of the Week, Katie Malone of Wichita State took Pitcher of the Week with Drake's Sarah Maddox taking MVC Newcomer of the Week.
Three Bradley pitchers combined to hold 16th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette to just one hit and junior Maria Schroeder hit a 2-run homer off ULL All-American hurler Alex Stewart to power the Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Ragin' Cajuns Sunday to conclude the Mardi Gras Classic.
The Valley had one no-hitter and three games with double-digit strikeout performances. Shannon Felde of Illinois State was named MVC Player of the Week, Morgan Florey of Evansville took Pitcher of the Week with Missouri State's Erin Griesbauer taking MVC Newcomer of the Week.
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.