2012 MVC Baseball Tournament: Creighton Takes Home Second Straight Title

The Creighton Bluejays won their second straight Missouri Valley Conference title with an 8-6 victory over the Southern Illinois Salukis.

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2012 MVC Baseball Tournament Results: Creighton Clinches Postseason Birth With 8-6 Victory

The Creighton Bluejays started the 2012 MVC Baseball Tournament as the No. 8 seed, but they finished it as champions. The Bluejays defeated the Southern Illinois Salukies 8-6 on Saturday night to capture their second straight MVC championship, and third total under head coach Ed Servais.

The Bluejays swept their way through the tournament, going 4-0, but the title game was far from a cakewalk. They found themselves down 5-1 early in the game after the Salukis jumped on starter Ty Blach. But the Bluejays, who were the worst hitting team in the MVC in the regular season, clawed their way to make it 6-4 before exploding with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-6. The big blow came when freshman second basemen Jake Peter singled in two runs to put the Bluejays ahead.

Creighton, who was the lowest seed to ever win the MVC tournament, will now wait to see where they'll be sent for this year's Regionals. Last year the Bluejays were sent to Corvallis, Ore. for the Oregon State Regional, where they won one game before being eliminated.

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2012 MVC Baseball Championship Preview: Southern Illinois, Creighton Face Off For Regional Birth

The 2012 Missouri Valley Baseball Championship is down to two teams: The Southern Illinois Salukis and the Creighton Bluejays. The two teams will fight for the conference's automatic birth into the 2012 NCAA Baseball Regionals.

The sixth seeded Salukis and the eighth seeded Bluejays both stormed through their half of the bracket undefeated, with the Salukis defeating the Wichita State Shockers, the Bradley Braves and the Missouri State Bears and the Bluejays taking down the top-seeded Indiana State Sycamores and the Illinois State Redbirds twice.

The Salukis have never won an MVC Championship, and haven't been to the Regionals since 1990. The Bluejays meanwhile are the defending MVC regular season and tournament winners, and they're looking to make their first back-to-back regionals since the 1999/200 seasons.

Game date/time: Saturday, May 25, 7:00 p.m. CT

Location: Hammons Field, Springfield, Ill.

TV: Fox Sports Midwest

Streaming: ESPN3

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2012 MVC Baseball Tournament: Creighton, Southern Illinois Set For Championship Game On Saturday

The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament has seen the field whittled down to just two teams, and on Saturday night No. 8 Creighton will take on No. 6 Southern Illinois in the championship game. The Bluejays defeated Illinois St. 10-3 on Thursday afternoon to advance to the final round, while the Salukis edged Missouri St. in a 10-inning thriller to join Creighton in the championship game.

Southern Illinois is now one win away from its first-ever MVC Tournament title and its first NCAA tournament berth since 1990. Meanwhile, Creighton swept its way through the first three games of the tournament, and a ticket to the 2012 NCAA Tournament is just one more win away.

Here is the tournament schedule and results and a link to the 2012 MVC Tourney bracket (Central Time):

  • May 26, Championship Game: No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 6 Southern Illinois (7:00 p.m., ESPN3)

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2012 MVC Baseball Tournament: Missouri State Looks To Stay Alive On Thursday

The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament continues to move on, and the upsets are continuing to come. Even Missouri State -- the top seed remaining in the tournament -- already lost and is facing an elimination game against the No. 7 seed Bradley Braves. The other elimination game of the day is the matchup between the No. 4 Illinois St. Redbirds and the No. 5 Evansville Aces, both of whom have already lost and are up against the wall.

Here is the tournament schedule for Thursday and a link to the 2012 MVC Tourney bracket (all times central):

  • Game 9: No. 4 Illinois State vs. No. 5 Evansville (9 a.m., ESPN3)
  • Game 10: No. 2 Missouri State vs. No. 7 Bradley (12:30 p.m., ESPN3)
  • Game 11: No. 8 Creighton vs. Winner Game 9 (4:30 p.m., ESPN3)
  • Game 12: No. 6 Southern Illinois vs. Winner Game 10 (7:30 p.m., ESPN3)

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2012 MVC Baseball Tournament: Two Teams To Be Eliminated On Wednesday

The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament enters its second day today, and the losers' bracket features four teams, two of which will be going home. The surprise is that one of the teams that will be eliminated will be either the Wichita State Shockers or the Missouri State Bears, who will face each other in the day's second game. The Shockers came into the tournament as the No. 3 seed and the Bears as the No. 2 seed, but both were upset on Tuesday and are now a loss away from elimination.

Another could be the Indiana State Sycamores, the No. 1 overall seed, which was upset on Tuesday by the eighth seeded Creighton Blue Jays. The Sycamores will need to knock off the fifth seeded Evansville Aces early Tuesday morning in order to stay alive in this year's tournament. This is all good news for the Illinois State Redbirds, the No. 4 overall seed, which now improbably finds itself in a winners bracket stuffed with all lower seeds.

Here is today's full schedule, with games taking place in Springfield, Mo:

No. 1 Indiana State Sycamores vs. No. 5 Evansville Aces, 9 a.m.

No. 3 Wichita State Shockers vs. No. 2 Missouri State Bears, 12:30 p.m.

No. 4 Illinois State Redbirds vs. No. 8 Creighton Blue Jays, 4:00 p.m.

No. 6 Southern Illinois Salukis vs. No. 7 Bradley Braves, 7:30 p.m.

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2012 MVC Baseball Tournament: Tuesday's Schedule Features Indiana State, Missouri State

The Missouri Valley Conference is beginning its 2012 baseball tournament Tuesday. Here's a complete schedule.

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