CARBONDALE — The SIU softball team will try to stay in the Missouri Valley Conference race with an early three-game series at Indiana State beginning Friday.
Because of possible rain in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Salukis (26-21, 13-7 MVC) are taking on the Sycamores (20-26, 5-16) in an 11 a.m. doubleheader. Game 3 of the series is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.
SIU, winners of four straight games, is four games back in the loss column of MVC leader Illinois State (28-17, 18-3). Northern Iowa (27-18, 15-6) is in second place with six league games left in the regular season.
Indiana State has dropped seven of its last 10 games and sits tied with Bradley (20-26, 5-16) for last place in the Valley. Drake (23-25, 6-15) is in eighth. Only the top eight teams advance to the MVC tournament in Normal May 11-13.
Both games of Friday's doubleheader are scheduled to air on ESPN3.
SIU leads the series against Indiana State 72-22. The Sycamores took 2 of 3 against the Salukis last season.
— Todd Hefferman