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SIU baseball game two against Dallas Baptist

Despite the Dallas Baptist first base coaches gesture SIU first baseman Logan Blackfan was able to catch the throw in time to force out Patriot Jameson Hannah in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday at Itchy Jones Stadium.

Richard Sitler, The Southern

CARBONDALE — Missouri State baseball coach Keith Guttin has been suspended three games by the Missouri Valley Conference and the NCAA, according to the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader, for failing to comply with the standard post-ejection protocol Saturday at Evansville.

Guttin was ejected in the third inning of the Bears' 9-5 win against the Purple Aces. He would miss Tuesday's game at Kansas and at least two of Missouri State's league games at SIU this weekend. If Tuesday's game is rained out, Guttin could miss the whole series at Jones Stadium.

Missouri State (30-13, 11-0 MVC) matched the fourth-best start in league history with its 11th win out of the gate at Evansville. The Bears' 15-game Valley winning streak dating back to last season is the fourth-best ever.

Missouri State came in at No. 16 in Collegiate Baseball's top 30 poll Monday and No. 24 in the USA Today.

Guttin, in his 35th year with Missouri State, became only the 25th coach in NCAA Division I history to win at least 1,200 games earlier this season with a victory over Missouri. He currently has 1,206 career wins.

— Todd Hefferman


Sports reporter

Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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