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    The Central Regional starts Thursday. Here is a link to the tournament page hosted by Southern Arkansas.

    http://muleriderathletics.com/sports...ournament.aspx

    The webpage has "Live Stats" and "Video" links for each game as well as other information on the teams.

    Audio links (at least for Thursday):
    Southern Arkansas
    Central Missouri
    Pitt State
    St Cloud
    Oklahoma Baptist
    Emporia State

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    The big winner during the conference tournaments was probably Emporia State. The Hornet's championship game run earned them an at-large bid after not being ranked in the region in any of the 3 polls. 3 of their 4 wins were against regionally ranked opponents and both losses were to #2 seed CentralMO.

    The big loser has to be Mankato. The Maverick's "2 & through" NSIC tournament dropped them out of the top 8 from #7 in last week's rankings.

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    The big loser has to be Mankato. The Maverick's "2 & through" NSIC tournament dropped them out of the top 8 from #7 in last week's rankings.[/QUOTE]

    I would agree. I don't recall MSU losing the two opening games in a conference tournament until this year; if it happened it's been a while. Also disappointing was their losing 3 of 4 in the last regular season conference games with Upper Iowa. A team that did not make the conference tournament.

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    Minot and NWMSU are both regular season champions (or co-champions) that didn't make the regional. That just goes to show how important non-conference games can be. ESU was 9-4 in regular season non-con games and won nine straight non-cons after dropping four in Grand Prairie to open the year.
    I'm not sure the Hornets have any pitching arms left. If Holman throws this week it might have to be as a lefthander.

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    Emporia caught a huge break (pitching wise) when they jumped on Northwest early. That allowed Fornelli to pull Holman after 3 innings so he had the best pitcher in the MIAA ready when facing elimination on Saturday morning. What an innings eater that guy is.

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    Emporia's pitching came up huge in the two games against Pitt State, shutting down one of the league's top offenses.

    I did find it pretty funny that Northwest was eliminated in two games by a combined score of 19-2 right after publishing a story about how they'd climbed to the top of the MIAA and that they days of UCM and Emporia running the league were over ... only to see the Mules and Hornets play in the championship game.

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    The Mules did finish 3rd (1 game back of the co-champs) but in the tournament no-hit CentralOK (15-0) and were 3-0 vs the teams that eliminated Northwest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go-Rilla View Post
    Emporia's pitching came up huge in the two games against Pitt State, shutting down one of the league's top offenses.

    I did find it pretty funny that Northwest was eliminated in two games by a combined score of 19-2 right after publishing a story about how they'd climbed to the top of the MIAA and that they days of UCM and Emporia running the league were over ... only to see the Mules and Hornets play in the championship game.

    It's always a good day when the Bear-scats have to eat crow.

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    ESU and UCM win, PSU and UCO lose in first round

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornetfan View Post
    ESU and UCM win, PSU and UCO lose in first round
    ESU had a 8-0 lead into the 9th inning before what should have been easy mop-up pitching let Southern Arkansas start tagging the ball and score 6 runs. UCM won easily. So, it was basically business as usual for UCM & ESU as both win and advance into the winners bracket.

    Pitt State and UCO should both rebound with wins today. Although, I wonder if UCO is still in a mental funk after being eliminated by UCM in the MIAA tourney, 15-0 no-hitter gem by UCM. I still think UCO will win today and eliminate Oklahoma Baptist.
    Last edited by Kiss My Ass; 05-18-2018 at 10:52 AM.

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    Start the bus....Central Missouri over St. Cloud by 2 touchdowns at the half.

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