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MVC delays Dallas Baptist baseball decision

Dallas Baptist’s expected entrance into the Missouri Valley Conference as a baseball-only member is on hold over the weekend.

MVC presidents voted via teleconference on Friday and were expected to follow the recommendation of a committee made up of athletic directors, faculty representatives and senior women administrators. That group voted to advise presidents to bring Dallas Baptist aboard as of July 1, 2013 as an affiliate member.

“We’re working out the details to move ahead,” MVC commisioner Doug Elgin said. “At this point, nothing is settled. Nothing is final.”

Elgin said the presidents did vote Friday.

“We are unable to divulge the results,” he said. “We do believe we will have an announcement to make as early as Monday.”

On Wednesday, WSU athletic director Eric Sexton expressed confidence the presidents would vote Dallas Baptist a member in time for the 2014 season.

“They’ll be a positive influence and a great addition to the MVC as an affiliate member in baseball, in my estimation,” he said.

Dallas Baptist is an NCAA Division II member in other sports. The Patriots played seven of the eight MVC members in weekend series in 2012, helping the MVC ascend to a No. 5 ranking in the RPI. Dallas Baptist earned an at-large bid to the NCAA regionals in 2012 and played in a super regional in 2011.

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