Missouri State Announces 2014 Baseball Slate
Oct. 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The 2014 Missouri State baseball schedule will feature a total of 54 games, including 23 home dates and match-ups against six different 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, head coach Keith Guttin announced Thursday. In all, the Bears will play 15 games against seven different opponents that rated among the top 100 RPI finishers a year ago, including 12 contests against NCAA Regional qualifiers.
Highlighting the Bears' campaign will be non-conference home-and-home sets with in-state rival Missouri and Big 12 foes Oklahoma State and Kansas, as well as series with NCAA qualifiers UCA and New Mexico and home games against Arkansas and Saint Louis. The Bears, who finished 31-23 last spring and finished fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference race, split a twin bill with New Mexico in March and have gone 13-8 against Big 12 clubs over the last three seasons.
Missouri State, which will play its first eight contests on the road, opens the season Feb. 14, when it begins a three-game set against UCA in Conway, Ark., then heads to Albuquerque, N.M. for a pair of two-game sets against Northern Illinois and New Mexico as part of the Lobo Invite (Feb. 21-23). The Bears will make the first of two trips to Tulsa, Okla., where they will take on Oral Roberts (Feb. 25) to conclude their season-opening road swing.
MSU will take the diamond at Hammons Field for the first time Feb. 28, when it opens a three-game series against Big Ten foe Purdue. March marks the busiest month of the season at home for the Bears, who will also host Arkansas State (March 4-5) in a two-game midweek series to conclude their first homestand. The Bears will head south to Texas to compete against the likes of Abilene Christian, Utah and host Texas-Arlington in the UTA Hilton Invitational (March 7-9), before meeting in-state rival SEMO (March 11) in a midweek non-conference tilt in Cape Girardeau.
MSU will host new Valley member Dallas Baptist (March 14-16) in a three-game non-conference series, as well a single contest against Oklahoma State (March 18) at Hammons Field before opening MVC play and a three-game road series against defending conference tournament champ Wichita State on March 21.
On March 25 the Bears return the trip to Stillwater, Okla., to meet OSU team that spent the majority of the 2013 season ranked in the Top 25, then host their first Valley home series of the campaign against Southern Illinois (March 28-30) to wrap up the month of March. Defending A-10 Conference champ Saint Louis visits Hammons Field on April 1, followed by MSU's second midweek trip to Oral Roberts the following evening. MSU's Valley series at Bradley (April 11-13) will be sandwiched by home-and-home meetings with Missouri, April 8 in Columbia and April 15 in Springfield. The Bears also travel to Kansas (April 23) and host perennial SEC power Arkansas (April 29), in addition to a conference series against Illinois State (April 18-20) and a non-conference trip to Tennessee-Martin (April 25-27) for a three-game set to round out the April portion of the schedule.
After playing 17 times at home in March and April, the Bears finish off the regular season with six of their last 10 games, including two of their final three Valley series, on the road. MSU travels to Dallas for its first-ever MVC series against Dallas Baptist (May 2-4), before making the first of two May trips to Terre Haute, Ind., to meet Indiana State (May 9-11). Midweek home games against Oral Roberts (May 6) and Kansas (May 7) conclude the non-conference slate, and MSU wraps up the regular season with a three-game series against Evansville (May 16-17).
The 2014 MVC Baseball Championship will be hosted by Indiana State, May 20-24, at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, with the champion earning the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth. The 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Selection Show will air May 26, with Regional play beginning the weekend of May 30. The 2014 Men's College World Series kicks off June 14 and culminates with the Finals, June 23-25.
The 2014 season will mark the Bears' 32nd year at the Division I level. Ticket information for the upcoming season is currently being finalized and will be made available through the official web home of Missouri State Athletics, MissouriStateBears.com, when complete.