Skyhawks use hot start, complete-game effort from freshman left-hander to knock off No. 26 Missouri State
No. 26 Missouri State opens non-conference set with Skyhawks Friday evening at Hammons Field
Bears, Jayhawks will meet for 6:05 p.m. game at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence
MSU looks to strengthen position in MVC standings against defending league champs
Bears, Redhawks will meet for the 103rd time Tuesday evening at Hammons Field
2014: Jefferson saw action in 31 games as a freshman, drawing 17 starting assignments in the MSU outfield...Batted .226 and posted a .360 on-base percentage to go along with a home run and two steals, while scoring 15 runs in just 76 plate appearances...Scored two runs in five different contests...Enjoyed a solid showing at the Lobo Invite (Feb. 21-22), logging a hit in each of his first three games as a Bear and scoring four times to help the Bears go 3-1 on the weekend...Tripled and scored in his first collegiate game, a 9-8 win over Northern Illinois (Feb. 21); filled in for an injured Tate Matheny the following day, going 2-for-5 with four walks and four runs scored in wins over NIU and host New Mexico...Returned from a five-week layoff by clubbing his first collegiate homer in his first at-bat April 12 at Bradley; added another hit and scored twice in the same contest...Matched his season best with two hits in five at-bats at UT Martin (April 25)...Reached base safely in nine straight games, including a seven-game hit streak (April 19-30)...Delivered a two-out, two-run single as part of the Bears' five-run seventh inning in a 7-2 win over Bradley at the MVC Championship (May 22)...Received the MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award and a spot on the conference's academic honor roll in recognition of his work in the classroom...Named a California Collegiate League All-Star for the SoCal Catch; led his club with 30 runs scored and 25 steals.
Background: Named a Louisville Slugger High School All-American after batting .455 with a .542 on-base percentage, 51 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 20 attempts as a senior at Normal Community West High...Helped his team to a 32-4 overall record, including 27 straight wins in 2013...Also a left-handed pitcher for the Wildcats, Jefferson went 3-3 with a 1.74 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched, earning all-state honors from the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association...As a junior, was named 2012 CornbeltBaseball.com Pitcher of the Year after going 9-1 with a 1.23 ERA on the mound, holding the opposition to a .157 batting average and tossing three shutouts to help go 30-8 and win a regional title...Also stood out at the plate, batting .418 with team highs of 35 runs scored, 49 hits, 14 doubles and 17 stolen bases as an outfielder for the Wildcats...A talented quarterback for the Wildcats on the grid iron as well, Jefferson was tabbed The Bloomington Pantagraph's prep player of the year as a junior after racking up 3,476 yards of total offense and accounting for 45 touchdowns.
Personal: Alex M. Jefferson is the son of Andrew and Mary Jefferson...Born November 8, 1994 in Normal, Ill...Brother, Andrew, pitched for the Bears from 1999-2002 and went on to enjoy a four-year professional career...Plans to major in accounting.