The Shockers, believe it or not, can put themselves in decent shape with a win today. They are through the toughest part of the schedule, with series against the two bottom MVC teams remaining – Indiana State and Bradley. If WSU wins today – and that’s a big if – WSU could finish 14-7. A loss means it will be difficult to catch Creighton, especially for a team that hasn’t swept a conference weekend.
Creighton has two tough series remaining – at Evansville and vs. Missouri State. MSU, if it completes a sweep of Illinois State on the road today, is also in strong position. Woeful Bradley comes to Springfield next weekend. Then it’s a showdown in Omaha against the Jays in a series that will likely decide things.
Illinois State, the preseason favorite, is no sure bet to finish with a winning MVC record. The Redbirds dropped home series to Creighton and MSU. They have a series at SIU and a home series with Evansville remaining.
Missouri State 8-5
Illinois State 7-7
Indiana State 5-9