MSU looks for seventh-straight victory over Jayhawks
MSU rallies from two-run deficit on Matheny's homer, but falls to 1-1 in MVC with 3-2 setback
MSU continues string of success in MVC openers behind pitching of Matt Hall, balanced offensive attack
MSU scores 17 runs over final four innings to improve to 4-1 on the season
Andy Cheray's 7.0 innings of two-hit ball, 13-hit attack propel Bears 3-0 start
2014: Dezort hit a career-high .273 in 45 games as a sophomore, including a .318 batting mark during Missouri Valley Conference play...Made 12 starts in left field and collected four pinch hits in 14 at-bats...Drove in 11 runs and scored 12 times--both career highs--and was a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts...Hit .333 in 12 home games, including a 2-for-2 night vs. Saint Louis (April 1) in which he clubbed a pinch-hit grand slam for his first career home run...Logged three multi-hit games for the year--all MSU victories; went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the Bears' 11-0 victory over Northern Illinois (Feb. 22) and 2-for-4 with a steal and a run batted-in in a 12-0 win over Abilene Christian (March 7)...Drove in the go-ahead run with a ninth-inning single off the bench to lift the Bears past Wichita State (March 23)...Named to the MVC's Academic Honor Roll.
2013: Gave the Bears a solid all-around option off the bench as a freshman, appearing in 14 games and driving in three runs over his 11 plate appearances...Came through with a run-scoring single in his first collegiate at-bat, March 1 vs. Northwestern State...Also produced runs with RBI-grounders in wins over Indiana State (March 29) and Evansville (April 27) and scored his lone run of the year vs. the Sycamores (March 30).
Background: The speedy outfielder was a four-time All-Suburban North Conference honoree at Hazelwood Central High School...Posted a .407 batting average, swiped 22 bases, scored 37 runs and drove in 28 more to help the Hawks to a 20-10 record as a senior...Named to PNC Bank All-Star Showcase and claimed his club's Silver Slugger Award...Batted .386 with 28 stolen bases and a conference-best seven triples as a junior in 2011 to power the Hawks to their second-straight district title...Hit .419 with 38 runs scored and 19 steals to help his club to a Class 4 sectional appearance as a sophomore in 2010...Also played soccer for Hazelwood Central.
Personal: Matthew Scott Dezort is the son of Scott and Diana Dezort...Born July 24, 1993, in St. Louis, Mo...Majoring in finance and minoring in economics.