After opening Missouri Valley Conference play this past weekend, the Missouri State Bears (9-12) will play a pair of midweek non-conference games, traveling to Stillwater to meet the Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-8) Tuesday (March 25) evening before returning to Hammons Field to open a five-game homestand against the Arkansas State Red Wolves (13-10) Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
The Bears halted a nine-game losing streak with their 4-3 win over Wichita State Sunday, rallying for a run in the top of the ninth inning after the Shockers had pulled even in the bottom of the eighth. Oklahoma State dropped two of its three road Big 12 games with Baylor over the weekend, while Arkansas State took two of three from UT Arlington. The Red Wolves enter their Tuesday game with Memphis having won seven of their last nine contests after starting the year 6-8.
Oklahoma State enters Tuesday’s game with a 9-6 advantage over the Bears in a series that dates back to 1987. The Cowboys claimed a 6-0 victory last week in the two clubs’ first meeting of the season in Springfield and have won three straight from the Bears under second-year head coach Josh Holliday. MSU, just 2-6 vs. OSU in Stillwater, suffered a 5-4 setback to the Cowboys in their last trip to Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in March 2013.
The Bears split their 2013 season series with Arkansas State, taking a 6-2 win in extra innings before dropping a 7-5 decision in Jonesboro last March. MSU has won 17 of the previous 26 meetings in Springfield, including both games played by the two clubs at Hammons Field in 2012. Head coach Keith Guttin has enjoyed a successful run against ASU over the years, going 34-19 in the series since 1990.