Aces open MVC tournament with Missouri State

The final weekend of Missouri Valley Conference baseball play did UE no favors.

Really, with the pitching around this league this year, there is no ideal No. 1 starter to face.

But UE will likely see Missouri State pitcher Nick Petree (8-1, 1.63 earned-run average) again when the fifth-seeded Aces play the fourth-seeded Bears at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the teams’ first-round tournament game hosted by Illinois State. Petree retired the final 16 batters he faced against UE earlier this season in game one of the Bears’ 2-1 series victory at Braun Stadium last month.

For UE, there’s a decision to be made: Friday night starter Kyle Freeland (3-8, 4.59 ERA) or Saturday starter Kyle Lloyd (7-3, 2.74 ERA)? As of yesterday, coach Wes Carroll hadn’t yet decided which arm will take the mound in game one of the double-elimination tournament.

Click here for the MVC tournament bracket, led by regular-season champion and host Illinois State as the top seed. Bradley is the other “Bracket B” team on UE’s side.

—Remember each MVC tournament game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com until MVC TV airs the championship game. That’s Fox Sports Midwest and Indiana locally.

Look for more in the coming days advancing UE’s MVC tournament run.

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