Despite a rash of injuries and a slow start the U-N-I baseball team is still in the hunt for the Missouri Valley Conference post-season tournament. The Panthers are 6-9 in the league race and a game behind Creighton for the sixth and final spot in the tournament.

Panther coach Rick Heller says it’s a big weekend as they all are the rest of the season. Bradley is fifth and the Panthers still have a series to play against sixth place Creighton. Heller says the last week of the season is important as several teams could finish last or second each year and he says this year is no different.

Bradley is 9-8 in the MVC and Heller says the Braves have an outstanding pitching staff. The series will begin with a single game Friday night in Peoria.