A battle between softball teams, Indiana State and Missouri State, will take each other on Friday and Saturday May 3 and May 4 in the Wabash Valley at Price Field.
Friday’s game will be a double header. The first pitch in game one is set for noon and the second game pitch time is set for 2 p.m.
Saturday’s game is set for 11 a.m. and will include senior day to honor soon to be ISU graduates.
The weekend games will be the last regular season games for the Sycamores. Beginning Wednesday, May 8 will start the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The tournament will end Saturday, May 11.
All teams competing in the MVCT will travel to Peoria, Illinois for the competition and games can be viewed on ESPN+.
The Sycamores are 16-32 overall, and 4-19 in conference. They have a three game losing streak and are 3-8 at home while being 7-20 away.
ISU struggled at home more this season than on the road, having more wins away than at home. With the final home tournament on the horizon for the Sycamores they will be looking to add another home victory to their record this season.
On the other side, the Bears are 28-19 overall, and 12-10 in conference. At home they are 8-8 while away they are 8-6. MSU has more wins away than losses.
There must be something about an away game that brings the Bears to top performances. The weekend’s tournament will mark the final regular season game for MSU before headed into the MVC Tournament,
The Sycamores have struggled this season with being consistent at the plate. As a team they batted .274 while opponents batted .322. As a team they had more strikeouts with 209 than runs batted in, 154. The Trees were strong in fielding this season with a .958 fielding percentage.
The Bears had a winning season. Strikeouts were a struggle for the Bears with 242 and walking 142, meaning that almost every person that got walked ended up scoring a run batted in. MSU fielding percentage was .964.
It will be a competitive game between the two teams Friday and Saturday at Price Field. All games for the weekend can be viewed on ESPN+.