The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournament got underway in Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday, and no team was safe.
Top-seeded Indiana State managed just one hit in a 5-0 loss to No. 8 seed Creighton. Blue Jays pitcher Ty Blach faced three over the minimum, pitching all nine innings for the shutout.
Creighton advanced to face No. 4 seed Illinois State, which downed No. 5 seed Evansville 10-3 earlier in the day. Illinois State outfielder Eric Aguilera went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Redbirds at the plate. Indiana State and Evansville will meet in the bottom part of Bracket A. (See the entire bracket here)
In Bracket B, No. 6 seed Southern Illinois upset No. 3 seed Wichita State by a 6-3 score. Southern Illinois first baseman Chris Serritella went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Salukis. Southern Illinois advanced to face No. 7 seed Bradley, who beat No. 2 seed Missouri State 5-3.
Bradley outfielder Mike Tauchman hit a two-RBI single in the top of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie and the Braves held on for the win. Missouri State will face Wichita State on Wednesday.
So, to recap the day: The top three seeds are all one loss away from elimination. Wednesday should be quite dramatic.