Bears, Panthers Set to Renew “Battle for Bell” This Fall
Drury will host MSU in exhibition ALS benefit Sept. 23 at U.S. Baseball Park
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The baseball programs of Missouri State University and Drury University will once again join forces to help fight Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) with the second installment of ‘Battle for Bell’ on Sept. 23. The contest will be hosted by the Panthers at U.S. Baseball Park in Ozark, Mo., and benefit the CoxHealth ALS Clinic, which provides coordinated care and support to ALS patients in the region.
In continuing their efforts to raise awareness for ALS, the Bears and Panthers will once again honor the late Howard Bell and the ongoing quest to find a cure for ALS – commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – with a nine-inning exhibition game, slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch.
This year’s contest will mark the third time the Bears have sponsored an ALS awareness game, as Missouri State and Drury drew nearly 3,800 fans to Hammons Field for the original 'Battle for Bell' contest in September 2012. MSU also sponsored its first #StrikeoutALS game benefiting the ALS Association of St. Louis this past May at Hammons.
Bell, who lost his battle with ALS in 2013, shared close connections with both the MSU and DU baseball programs. A three-year letterwinner for the Bears under current head coach Keith Guttin, Bell capped his collegiate career with a standout 1986 campaign in which he was honored as Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year after hitting .396 and helping MSU to a school-record 47 victories and its third straight AMCU Tournament title. The Springfield product also spent more than a decade working on the staff of former DU head coach Mark Stratton at Glendale High School, before taking over as head coach of the Falcons in 2005.
Track Bears Collect USTFCCCA Academic Honors
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Missouri State seniors Shani Adams and Holly Pattie-Bellei earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association the organization announced this week. As a team, the Bears also received the All-Academic Team award from the organization.
In all, a total of 752 women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments.
The Bears are also one of 218 women's teams to earn the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team distinction. MSU earned a team grade-point average of 3.253 during the year. Teams with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible for consideration.
Adams, a native of St. Michael, Barbados, finished her academic year with a 3.81 GPA in Hospitality and Restaurant management. The sprinter advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA West Prelims in the 400m hurdles.
Originally from The Ongar Essex, England, Pattie-Belleli pulled in a 3.48 GPA in Communication Studies. She also competed in the NCAA West Prelims and finished her season in the prelims of the 100m hurdles.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA list provided by TFRRS.org. For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Missouri State finished sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference indoor and outdoor championships, fourth in outdoor and sent three to compete in the outdoor NCAA championships in 2017.