The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association released 2021 schedules for baseball and softball on Friday.
In baseball, MIAA schools will continue to play 33 game-schedules. The schedules have been reformatted to reduce travel.
There will be 11 three-game series that will be condensed to two days with a doubleheader and single-game structure. Mid-week MIAA nine-inning games have been put in place for 2021 as well. This was done due to the changes to maximum playing seasons passed by the NCAA Division II Presidents Council for the upcoming 2020-21 athletics season, limiting the sport to 40 regular-season games. NSU and other Association members do have the freedom to play seven non-conference games if they so choose to.
The RiverHawks will have six home series in 2021 and a favorable travel schedule in the final six weeks of the season consisting of nine straight home games to close out the regular season, and trips to Rogers State and Missouri Southern.
MIAA play opens on the weekend of February 26 with Northwest Missouri.
The MIAA Tournament format will be an eight-team double-elimination bracket held over four days at a site that has yet to be determined.
NSU softball schedule announced: The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced its 2021 softball schedule Friday afternoon.
Association members will continue to play 26 games with the original 2020 home opponents being away contests in 2021.
The RiverHawks will play 14 games at home, starting with Central Oklahoma for a doubleheader on March 12. Rogers State comes to RiverHawks Park on April 16 to close out a six-game homestand to finish the regular season.
With the changes to maximum playing seasons passed by the NCAA Division II Presidents Council for the upcoming 2020-21 athletics season limiting softball to 44 games, association members can play 18 additional contests. Those dates will be released on GoRiverHawkGo.com shortly.
There were no changes to the MIAA Tournament with eight teams qualifying to play in a double-elimination bracket on May 6-9 at Central Oklahoma.
2021 Northeastern State MIAA Softball Schedule
All games are doubleheaders
March 12 - Central Oklahoma
March 13 - Newman
March 19 - at Nebraska-Kearney
March 20 - at Fort Hays State
March 26 - Northwest Missouri
March 27 - Missouri Western
April 2 - at Central Missouri
April 3 - at Lincoln
April 9 - at Missouri Southern
April 10 - at Pittsburg State
April 16 - Rogers State
April 30 - Washburn
May 1 - Emporia State
Northeastern State's 2021 MIAA Baseball Schedule
February 26-28 - Northwest Missouri
March 5-7 - at Pittsburg State
March 12-14 - Newman
March 19-21 - at Washburn
March 26-28 - at Missouri Western
April 2-4 - Fort Hays State
April 9-11 - at Rogers State
April 16-18 - at Missouri Southern
April 23-25 - Emporia State
April 30-May 2 - Central Missouri
May 7-9 - Central Oklahoma