For the first time in program history, Illinois State will host the 2013 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship, May 21-25, at Duffy Bass Field.

Baseball fans from around the community will have the opportunity to watch four games a day Tuesday-Thursday, with the championship game scheduled for Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. Single-session and all-session tickets will go on sale during the season, and fans will be able to purchase tickets for the tournament online at or by calling the ISU Athletics Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000.

Located in the northwest corner of Illinois State’s athletics complex, Duffy Bass Field was dedicated on May 9, 2009, in honor of legendary ISU baseball coach Duffy Bass. Bass guided the 1969 Redbirds to the College Division national championship. Illinois State was awarded the 2013 State Farm MVC Championship on a bid basis. The University also played host to the 2012 State Farm MVC Cross Country Championship at the Weibring Golf Course on ISU’s campus.