MSU overcomes one-run deficit in ninth, scores five in 10th for 11th consecutive road win
Hall strikes out 13 Skyhawks, while Paulsen homers and drives in a pair to bolster MSU's early offensive surge
Bears, Jayhawks will meet for 6:05 p.m. game at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence
MSU runs road streak to eight straight wins thanks to two-run homer by Castro, eight shutout innings from Knutson
MSU looks to strengthen position in MVC standings against defending league champs
2014: Kay appeared in 34 games in his first season with the Bears, serving as a dependable late-inning defensive replacement...Logged a .364 on-base percentage in Missouri Valley Conference play...Made first start as a Bear Feb. 22 vs. Northern Illinois, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in MSU's 11-0 victory...Recorded first RBI as a Bear March 30 in a 6-5 series-clinching win over Southern Illinois...Named one of the top three defensive outfielders in the Northwoods League with his selection as a Rawlings `Finest In The Field' Award winner after posting a .993 fielding percentage in 63 games for the Thunder Bay Border Cats over the summer.
Background: Joined the MSU program after a strong sophomore season at Harper College in which he earned all-region honors with a .358 batting mark while recording a pair of homers, eight steals, 34 runs scored and 29 RBIs...Spent his first collegiate season at the University of Houston, where he made 19 starts in 29 overall appearances, finishing second on the squad with two home runs...Earned a spot on the Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team after helping the Cougars knock off No. 4 Arkansas by driving in a pair of runs and scoring two more in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate...Enjoyed a standout prep career at Saint Viator High School in his hometown of Arlington Heights, Ill., where he was an all-state performer as a senior, setting school records for batting average, hits, home runs, runs scored, doubles and RBIs.
Personal: Cory Wolfe Kay is the son of Brad and Sara Kay...Born August 19, 1992 in Arlington Heights, Ill... Father played football and golf at Millikin University, while his brother, Brett, played baseball at Illinois State...Plans to major in business.