—UE’s baseball team blew a lead in the ninth inning Tuesday to open the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, then turned around and dealt Bradley the same kind of sendoff in the teams’ elimination game Wednesday. Down 3-1 entering the ninth, the Aces rallied behind redshirt junior Kevin Kaczmarski’s walk-off home run to continue their season. UE will be re-matched with Missouri State in another elimination game at 12:30 p.m. today.
—Aces coach Wes Carroll plans to send senior southpaw Josh Biggs (2-2, 2.49 earned run average), the team’s regular Sunday pitcher, to the mound for today’s afternoon game. Should UE advance, it actually plays again tonight in the late game against top seed and host Illinois State, which is 2-0 so far. The Aces’ starter for that game is TBA — Carroll said “all hands are on deck” for game one — and UE has its full bullpen available after getting complete game performances from Kyle Lloyd and Kyle Freeland in its first two tournament games.
—No. 2 seed Wichita State had an early lead over No. 7 Southern Illinois in the teams’ early elimination game, played before UE-Missouri State. Indiana State then gets the winner of the early game and Illinois State the winner of game two. Should both the Sycamores and Redbirds win tonight, there will be no games Friday in advance of Saturday’s 7:07 p.m. championship game at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill.
—UE officially announced Padua Christian (Ohio) High School guard Tyler Ptacek as a member of the 2013 recruiting class this morning, making Ptacek one of five incoming freshmen this fall to join the Aces’ team. “We are very excited to welcome Tyler to our program,” coach Marty Simmons stated. “He can score the basketball in different ways. He has a terrific background and will fit in very well with our team.” I’ll have a Q&A with Ptacek posted here in a bit.
—Creighton is done with the MVC. The Bluejays went two-and-done at the double-elimination MVC baseball tournament this year for the first time in a decade, the last event Creighton will play in the league before it becomes part of the Big East Conference on July 1. The rest of the MVC saw it as a somber day, and in baseball especially. Though the MVC was already set to add Dallas Baptist for next season, the Bluejays won’t technically be replaced because Loyola Chicago doesn’t have a baseball team.