The Missouri Valley Conference President’s Council unanimously voted to extend a membership invitation to Valparaiso University, and the Crusaders will begin full participation in all its sponsored sports effective for the 2017-18 season.
After clinching the NISC Regional Title, Illinois State came up short to Lamar and Liberty in the National Invitational Softball Championship final to conclude the 2017 season with the Redbirds’ best record in five years, including an MVC Championship.
Illinois State jumped to an early one-run advantage before Lamar took a 2-1 lead that the Redbirds could not over come in the first round of the NISC Tournament at Kamphuis Field on Monday morning. The Redbirds retake the field tonight at 3 p.m. central, facing Liberty in an elimination game.
The Southern Illinois University softball team (33-23) lost their first game of the 2017 NCAA tournament, 8-0 in five innings, to No. 13 University of Mississippi. SIU will now play through the elimination bracket the rest of the regional. They will face the University of North Carolina tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Illinois State needed one win on the final day of the NISC Regional at Marian Kneer Stadium on Thursday. Led by the Redbirds’ 16-hit day and two complete-games in the circle, Illinois State earned the 6-0 shutout over Michigan State in game two to advance to the NISC Championship Round.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that 667 student-athletes from 175 programs have received 2017 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades. The MVC has 12 student-athletes that were awarded the honor.