MISSOURI STATE THE DARK HORSE? Missouri State is just 5-6 in its last 11 games, but it landed in as favorable a regional as it could have hoped for with first-round opponent Central Florida, host Miami and Stony Brook. The Bears' 2.51 ERA ranks second in the nation, and Missouri Valley freshman of the year Nick Petree is 10-3 with a 0.92 ERA. Central Florida is a balanced but not intimidating club and though Miami is long on tradition, this isn't a vintage Hurricanes team. It's a regional ripe for the taking.