DES MOINES, Iowa --Wednesday, the Missouri State Bears were looking for their third straight win in Des Moines against Drake. In our Bears Nation Report, a victory would be their fifth in the month of January, something the Bears have not done in three years.
Paul Lusk has never lost to the Bulldogs as the Bears coach. But, Drake gets off to a quick start, Chris Caird with the three, 13-4 Bulldogs.
Missouri State battles back, Nathan Scheer with the three from the near corner, 17-14 Bears.
Then, Ron Mvouika with the three from the top of the arc, 23-18 Missouri State.
Drake would go on a run, nice dish to Trevor Berkley for the one handed dunk, and the Bulldogs owned a 38-35 halftime lead.
And would add to that in the second half, Caird again with the three, 44-40 Drake.
Missouri State's defense steps up, Jarmar Gulley with the steal, down to Mvouika, to Dorrian Williams for the layup, 47-44 Bears.
But, Drake would make one last run, Jordan Daniels with a three from the far corner and the Bulldogs snap a seven game losing streak to Missouri State, 84-74.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The major league players will start reporting to camp in a little more than two weeks and that includes the Kansas City Royals.
This week members of the Royals are touring the midwest on their annual caravans. This afternoon second baseman Johnny Giavotella and pitcher Donnie Joseph were at Academy Sports meeting with fans and signing autographs.
Last year the Royals were in playoff contention until early September and finished the season ten games above 500 and there's plenty of optimisim for 2014.
"Same thing as last year, same guys. The Royals had one of the best pullbens in the majors last year and there is no reason why they can't do that again. The starting pitching is phenomonal. It's going to be a good pitching staff I think," said Royals Pitcher Donnie Joseph.
"The caravan is fun. I look forward to coming to it every year. This is my third year doing it. It's pretty cool coming back. I was here in 2010 playing against the Springfield Cardinals and it was a fun time. It takes me back to my AA days and it's nice to come back and see some Royals fans here," said Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri State Bears will open their season when the big leaguers report to camp.
In our Bear Nation report, the Valley coaches have picked the Bears to finish second behind Wichita State in Wednesday's preseason poll.
The Bears are already working out at the Rowe indoor facility at Hammons Field.
Missouri State returns the bulk of its young pitching and finished just one point behind the Shockers in the poll.
Bears outfielder Tate Matheny and pitcher Jon Harris were named preseason all-conference.
"We return a lot of our pitching staff," said MSU coach Keith Guttin. "Of course we lose three time All-American Nick Petree so somebody will have to step up on Fridays and take on the other aces. But positionally we return four or five everyday players.."
"Both programs are very good," said MSU infielder Eric Cheray. "Wichita State had a good year last year like we did. I look forward going throughout the year and competing with those guys."
Here's a look at the poll, the Shockers picked up six first place votes, the Bears the other two.
Illinois State is third, then Valley baseball newcomer Dallas Baptist and Southern Illinois.
Evansville, Indiana State and Bradley round out the Valley baseball preseason poll.