Blake Graham
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Blake  Graham

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Edwardsville, Ill.

High School:
Edwardsville HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 200

Position:
Outfielder

05/29/2016

Bears Drop 12-Inning Heart-Breaker in MVC Championship

Dallas Baptist pulls out 4-3 victory to earn automatic NCAA berth in a drama-filled Valley title game

05/28/2016

Bears Earn Title Bout With 3-2 Win Over Bradley

MSU advances to MVC Tournament championship game vs. Dallas Baptist after posting third-straight win

05/21/2016

Bears Sweep Redbirds to Extend Win Streak

MSU secures No. 7 seed in MVC Championship with fifth-straight victory

05/20/2016

Bears Streak Past Redbirds With Big Offensive Night

MSU scores big to claim series, fourth-straight win with 17-5 victory over Illinois State

05/15/2016

Bears Topple MVC-Leading Patriots, 5-3

MSU takes final game of Valley series with DBU to halt five-game slide

05/31/2015

NCAA Baseball Springfield Regional Game 4 (Missouri State)

Missouri State head coach Keith Guttin and student-athletes Blake Graham, Jake Burger and Matt Hall address the media following the fourth game of the NCAA Baseball Springfield Regional on Saturday, May 30, at Hammons Field.

Honors:
• NCAA Springfield Regional All-Tournament Team (2015)
• MVC Player of the Week (March 2, 2015)
• Coors MSU Player of the Week (March 2, 2015)
• MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (2014)

2015: Graham emerged as a legitimate two-way threat for the Bears as a sophomore, starting 42 games and hitting .273 with four home runs and 31 RBIs while playing lock-down defense in right field…Recorded 10 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI performances…Logged hits in four straight games, Feb. 21-28, hitting .571 (8-for-14)…Came off the bench to reach safely in all three of his plate appearances vs. Little Rock (Feb. 21), going doubling and driving in a pair while walking twice in a 17-4 win...Came within a double of hitting for the cycle against UCA (Feb. 28), finishing the day with career highs of four hits, four runs scored and three RBIs to earn MVC Player of the Week and Coors MSU Player of the Week honors (March 2)…Had three hits in four at-bats, including a home run, to help the Bears claim a 3-2, series-clinching win over Wright State (March 7)…Registered a pair of mutli-hit games the week of March 23-29, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks vs. Kansas (March 24) and 3-for-6 with an RBI to kick off a three-game road sweep of Jacksonville (March 27)…Recorded at least one RBI in five straight games, March 24-31…Scored three times in a 7-5 win at Evansville (April 11) as part of a three-game Valley road sweep…Belted a solo shot — his career-best fourth homer of the year — and turned in a diving catch that earned ESPN SportsCenter top play honors in a 13-8 win over Missouri (April 28)…Drew at least one walk in seven straight games, May 1-10, and reached base safely in nine consecutive games overall, April 28-May 14…Named to the NCAA Springfield Regional’s All-Tournament team after batting .444 (4-for-9) with two RBIs and two runs scored to help the Bears sweep the field and advance to their second Division I Super Regional appearance…Drove in the tying runs with a two-out single in MSU’s 5-3 win over Iowa (May 30), following a 2-for-3 day against Canisius in the Bears’ NCAA opener the previous day…Had a hit in each of the Bears’ three Fayetteville Super Regional contests and drove in three of the clubs’ nine runs in the series against Arkansas (June 5-7).  

2014:
Saw action in 36 games, including 20 starts, as a freshman last spring...Logged a .330 on-base percentage...Recorded his first career hit via a solo home run at Oral Roberts (April 2) to begin a three-game hit streak...Registered a hit in seven of nine games, April 2-23...Singled and scored in the first inning at Missouri (April 8) in his first start in the leadoff slot...Reached base safely in seven of 10 plate appearances over a two-game stretch vs. Kansas and Illinois State (April 20-23)...Drew a pair of walks and stole his lone base of the season before doubling and scoring as part of a three-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the Bears to a 6-5 come-from-behind win at Kansas (April 23)...Delivered a season-best two hits in four at-bats May 2 at Dallas Baptist after scoring two runs at UALR (April 30) the previous game...Walked and scored a first-inning run before singling home another in the sixth as part of MSU's 5-3 win over Kansas (May 7)...Named to the Missouri Valley Conference Academic Honor Roll in recognition of his work in the classroom...Hit .281 in 45 games for Morehead City (Coastal Plain League) this past summer, notching team highs for hits, doubles and runs scored.

Background: Batted .420 and swiped 31 bases as a senior at Edwardsville (Ill.) High School, picking up First-Team All-Southwestern Conference and all-area laurels in the process...Named co-MVP of the PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase at Busch Stadium in June...Helped Edwardsville's Post 199 American Legion club to an Illinois state title and a second-place regional finish in 2013.

Personal: Blake Riley Graham is the son of Scott Graham and Debbie Herndon...Born June 5, 1995 in Alton, Ill...Father played soccer at UMSL...Majoring in sports management at MSU.

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