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Plaster Stadium Hammons Field Hammons Student Center Killian Stadium Plaster Strength Center Bears Golf Facilities Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium Betty & Bobby Allison Sand Volleyball Cooper Tennis Complex Shop Missouri State Team Store LEADING OFF After registering their 12th Missouri Valley Conference series win or split last weekend at Bradley, the Missouri State Bears return to the road this week with their initial MVC series with the league's newest member, the Valparaiso Crusaders.

The Bears and Crusaders will open their series Friday (May 4) afternoon with a 3 p.m., contest, before squaring off again Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Bauer Field in Valparaiso, Ind.

BEARS ON RADIO Once again in 2018, Meyer Communications is slated to provide live radio coverage of all 52 Missouri State regular-season games, plus all Bears' games in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and any 2018 postseason play.

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ROAD WARRIORS The Bears locked up another road series win in conference play last weekend, taking two of three games from Bradley in Peoria.Missouri State, which is 10-3 on the road in Valley play over the last two years, has proven to be hard to stop on the road since the start of the 2015 season, logging a 61-36 (.629) record in such contests.Coleman also moved into sole possession of third place on the Bears' all-time strikeouts list with nine punchouts vs. Coleman, who fanned an MVC-high 106 batters in 2016, needs 30 more K's to catch Nick Petree in the No. Coleman also ranks among the Bears all-time leaders in starts (4th with 42) and innings pitched (10th with 243.1).THE BUCK STOPS HERE Right-hander logged the first complete-game effort by a Bear freshman hurler in 11 years last Sunday with his one-hit victory over Bradley.Over the same span, Steinmetz has hit .323 (43-for-133) with 25 RBIs and 36 runs scored.

The Springfield native recorded a hit in nine straight games, March 20-31, hitting .389 with 11 RBIs.

Valparaiso (15-24, 5-7 MVC) dropped two of three Valley games to DBU last weekend, as well as a midweek matchup with Northern Illinois.

The Crusaders feature one of the top offenses (.281 BA) in the Valley, while their team 3.99 ERA in league play ranks third behind only the Bears (2.80) and Southern Illinois (3.27).

MSU (27-14, 10-2 MVC) enters the weekend with a one-game lead over DBU in the Valley standings after taking two of three contests from Bradley in Peoria.

With a league road record of 10-3 over the last two seasons, the Bears will look to extend an unprecedented stretch of success in MVC play that has included 28 victories in their last 31 overall conference games.

6 spot on MSU's career chart, just two victories shy of the career totals of Jeff Gray and Dave Dickensheet in the fourth position.