MSU junior strikes out 11 Wichita State batters in 8.0 innings after Bears build early six-run lead
MSU opens stretch drive, first of three remaining Valley series Friday at 6:35 p.m.
MSU thrills crowd of 6,497 with nine runs over first three innings to take third-consecutive meeting with Tigers
MSU comes from behind for the 16th time in 2015 to claim sixth consecutive series with 7-4 victory
MSU overcomes one-run deficit in ninth, scores five in 10th for 11th consecutive road win
2014: Graham 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.