MIAA conference play is set to take off this coming weekend. Very little matchups inside the state of Missouri will take place, outside of Lindenwood hosting Missouri Southern.
#2 Central Missouri (7-2), Northwest Missouri State (8-2), and Southwest Baptist (6-1) all had very impressive non-conference starts to the year. As conference play gets underway this weekend the true grind begins.
Only a few weeks and even the mid-week matchups fall into a conference matchup for MIAA teams. Matching a mid-week conference opponent puts a lot of pressure often times on young arms new to the college baseball scene.
Missouri S&T started themselves off with one heck of an opening schedule for the season. First playing 3 against a top MIAA opponent in Emporia State and now traveling to play the 7th best team in the country in St. Edwards. S&T is set to play 4 games this weekend with St. Edwards in what could easily be a learning curve for the minors as they continue towards a trip to the World Series.
I will be in attendance this weekend at Lindenwood University. I’ll be taking in an all lions matchup. Game times are set for 3:00 on Friday, 1:00 on Saturday and Noon on Sunday. The other Division 2 matchups are below:
|Rank||Team||2017 Record||Matchups this week|
|1||#2 Central Missouri||7-2||vs. Fort Hayes St. (3 Games) (2/24-2/26)|
|2||Rockhurst||2-0||vs. Lewis University (4 Games) (2/25-2/26)|
|3||Missouri S & T||1-2||@ (#7) St. Edwards (4 Games) (2/24-2/26)|
|4||Drury||2-2||vs. McKendree University (4 G) (2/24-2/26)|
|5||NW Missouri St.||8-2||@ Northeastern State (3 G) (2/24-2/26)|
|6||Missouri Southern||6-4||vs. Askansas Tech (Feb 21), @ Lindenwood University (3 G) (2/24-2/26)|
|7||Missouri Western||3-6||@ Washburn (3 Games) (2/24-2/26)|
|8||Lindenwood||6-4||vs. Mo Southern (3 Games) (2/24-2/26)|
|9||UMSL||0-0||vs. (#22) Indianapolis University, St. Josephs (2 G) (2/25-2/26)|
|10||William Jewell||0-3||@ Arlington Baptist College (3 G) (2/24-2/26)|
|11||Truman||1-3||No Games Scheduled|
|12||Southwest Baptist||6-1||vs. Arkansas Ft. Smith (Feb 21), vs Central Oklahoma (3 Games) (2/24-2/26)|
|13||Maryville||2-5||vs. Saginaw Valley St. (4 Games) (2/24-2/25)|