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Friday, May 13, 2011 | Softball
2011 State Farm MVC Softball Championship
Missouri State won the 2011 State Farm MVC Championship and will advance to the NCAA Softball Tournament. The Missouri State beat Drake in an intense game that ended with the Bears on top, 7-4. Tournament MVP, Natalie Rose, pitched her fourth complete game in three days.
Day One Recap
In front of the home crowd, Missouri State won both of their games today beating Bradley (3-0) in the morning, followed by Northern Iowa (2-0) later that evening. In the second game of the day, Creighton beat Wichita State to advance and play the No. 3 seed, Southern Illinois. The final game of the evening had to be suspended because of heavy rain and lightening.
Game 4, Creighton versus Southern Illinois, will resume tomorrow (Friday, May 13) at 10:00am, followed by the semi-final games at 12:00pm and 2:30pm.
Day Two Recap
After a torrential downpour last night, Game 4 between Creighton and Southern Illinois resumed this morning. Southern Illinois made quick work of the rest of the game and finished it off, beating Creighton 4-0.
No. 5 Missouri State upset the No. 1 Illinois State in the first semifinal game of the day. All-Conference first-team member Natalie Rose had another outstanding outing in which she led the Bears to a 4-2 victory. On the day, she struck out nine batters and only walked one. The Bears will now try to win the Championship in front of a home crowd.
The final semifinal game got off to a rough start for Pitcher of the Year, Jenna DeLong. After one inning, Brynne Dordel came in to relieve DeLong. Once in the circle, Dordel took control of the game only giving up two hits, earning her 12th win of the season.
Missouri State and Drake will face off in the Championship game which starts at 12:07pm. Fans can watch the game on the Fox Sports Network. The winner will automatically advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri State to Host MVC Championship
Missouri State University will serve as host for the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Softball Championship for the first time since 1994 and for the fourth time in school history, from May 12-14. The 2011 event will be played at Killian Softball Stadium in Springfield, Mo.
The Killian Sports Complex renovation was completed in 2009, fulfilling the dream of the Missouri State softball team to have a new state-of-the-art facility. The new lighted facility seats 1,200 spectators and features surface improvements, a new scoreboard and press box.
In 2011, the State Farm MVC Softball Championship will return to the the double-bye, single-elimination format that was played during the 2008 and 2009 Championships. This year goes away from the three games that were added to last year's bracket, allowing teams losing games five, six and eight the opportunity to play their way into the winner-take-all championship game in the modified double-elimination set-up.
Fans can follow the State Farm MVC Softball Championship on MVC Live, the conference's video streaming program. MVC Live is a partnership between the Missouri Valley Conference and WebStream Productions - the creators of the highly-acclaimed Horizon League Network. Live game action from a television-like production including multiple cameras, graphics and professional announcers will be available the banner below for all games leading into the televised final.