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.
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.
Drake has been picked as this year’s preseason favorite in Missouri Valley Conference softball as voted by the league’s coaches. The Bulldogs earned six first-place votes and 92 points. Wichita State took second-place with 88 points and three first-place votes and Southern Illinois claimed third (82 points).
Bradley University earned the 2015-16 MVC All-Academic Award. The award is given to the institution that finishes with the highest grade point average among its student-athletes that participate in The Valley.