Southern Indiana I realize falls outside of my Missouri schools border watch, but I had good reason to select them in part of my matchup for the week. SIU is only 3 years removed from a National Title and 4 years before that was another National title, they know how to win games. Drury will travel to Southern Indiana this week in one of their tougher road trip conference matchups.
Batting .340 as a team is never a bad thing. The panthers from Springield, Missouri have done just that so far on the season which marks 3rd best in the conference. Missouri transfer Shane Benes and Ole Miss transfer Nic Perkins lead the way for the panthers with 7 homeruns combined.
Taking on a Southern Indiana team that is pitching over a 5.00 ERA as a team so far on the season could result in a few more panther homeruns. I really think this will be an interesting matchup for the #3 team in the State of Missouri.
Other quick notes to watch for would be can Missouri Western keep up its’ weekend sweeps against Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern takes on a solid Emporia State club. The Hornets are one of the best MIAA teams in the conference.
Your week matchups:
|Rank||Team||2017 Record||Matchups this week|
|1||#2 Central Missouri||13-3||vs. Central Oklahoma (3G)|
|2||Missouri S & T||6-5||vs. Illinois Springfield (4G)|
|3||Drury||7-4||vs. Southwest Baptist (1G), @ Southern Indiana (3G)|
|4||Missouri Western||9-7||@ Pittsburg St. (3G)|
|5||Rockhurst||6-2||Clearwater Invitational (8 Games March 4 – 11)|
|6||Missouri Southern||11-7||@ Emporia St. (3G)|
|7||NW Missouri St.||10-6||vs. Washburn (3G)|
|8||Lindenwood||9-7||@ Illinois Springfield (1G), vs. Nebraska at Kearney (3G)|
|9||William Jewell||5-4||@ McKendree University (3G)|
|10||Maryville||8-5||vs. Wisconsin Parkside (4G)|
|11||Truman||4-8||@ Augustana University (4G)|
|12||Southwest Baptist||9-6||@ Drury (1G), vs. Fort Hayes St. (3G)|
|13||UMSL||0-5||Clearwater Invitational (8 Games March 4 – 11)|