—UE’s baseball team lost its series opener Friday at Wichita State by a 5-4 score, dropping to 14-24 overall and 5-5 in MVC play. The Aces tallied eight hits but made a pair of base running errors in the defeat. They continue the series at 2 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday.
—It’s official: The University of Loyola Chicago has accepted its MVC invitation. Check out a couple stories relating the Ramblers’ move to how it affects UE, another private institution.
—John Infante, NCAA bylaw expert, reported this proposed change for the start of men’s basketball practices: “The Legislative Council this week amended and approved a long-tabled measure that will now allow men’s basketball teams to conduct 30 days of practice in the six weeks before their first regular-season game. Past practice has been in the roughly four weeks before the regular season.” It’s a rule that’s been in place on the women’s side for three years now and is generally well-liked.
—Paul Suellentrop, Shockers reporter for the Wichita Eagle, rounded up stories from around the MVC regarding recruiting during the spring period. No signings for UE yet, but others have added some new players for next season.
—It’s never too early, I suppose, for Bracketology. Joe Lunardi’s first look at the 2014 NCAA tournament field has the MVC as a one-bid league with Wichita State a nine seed (ignore the league counts at the bottom, as it still includes Creighton).
—After going 7-3 on a recent homestand, UE’s softball team hits the road for a weekend series against MVC rival Missouri State. Game times are noon today (doubleheader) and noon Sunday (single game).
—UE’s women’s tennis team finishes its regular season this weekend with home matches at 1 p.m. today against Wichita State and 10 a.m. Sunday versus Creighton, both at Wesselman Park. The player to watch is sophomore Marketa Trousilova, a Kansas State transfer who’s 14-1 in singles play this year.
—UE’s women’s golf team wraps up its spring season at the MVC Championships this week, which run Sunday through Tuesday. Missouri State won last year’s title. Before that, Illinois State was on a run of four straight.
—Finally, at the Loyola announcement, the MVC replayed a video with Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson, a big time advocate of the league, narrating noted U.S. hockey coach Herb Brooks’ speech to the national team in a video themed “Who will write the next chapter?” It ended up Wichita State through a Final Four run.