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Clutch Hits From McComack, Peebles Lift Bears to 9-3 Valley Mark With Third-Straight Win Over Braves
Maddox, Becker Enjoy Career Days at the Plate to Help Harris Improve to 8-0 as a Bear With 12-2 Victory
Cowboys Score Four Runs in Decisive Frame, Hold Off Bears' Comeback Effort to Sweep Season Series From MSU
Salukis Plate Eight Unanswered Runs in 8-5 Decision to Drop Bears to 6-3 in Valley Play
2013: Becker split time between the Bears' outfield and second base as a sophomore, posting career-best totals for hits (30), walks (21) and RBIs (19)...Started the season as MSU's regular second baseman, driving in the game-winning run in the top of the 11th inning of the Bears' season-opening victory over host Texas State at the Bobcat Invitational (Feb. 15)...Posted a pair of two-hit games against Northwestern State (March 1-3) to help the Bears earn a non-conference series win; went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, a stolen base and three runs scored in a 14-3 victory to open the series, then recorded two more hits in the finale, driving in one run and scoring another in the 5-0 Bears' win...Delivered two hits at New Mexico (March 19), an eventual NCAA qualifier, and drove in two runs in the Bears' 14-6 win at Southern Illinois (April 13)...Came off the Bears' bench to match a career high with three hits, including his first career grand slam, in MSU's 12-2 over Bradley (April 20)...Scored a pair of runs and plated two more May 5 against Wichita State...Received second straight MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, as well as Honorable Mention MVC Scholar-Athlete recognition...Hit .280 with eight homers, 44 RBIs and 22 steals for Thunder Bay (Northwoods League) over the summer.
2012: Turned in a solid rookie campaign as a Bear, hitting .245 with a pair of homers and 16 RBIs in 51 games, including 27 starting assignments...Logged a team-high 26 starts in left field...Batted .300 (12-for-40) on the road...Recorded first career hit vs. Houston Baptist (Feb. 26), going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored...Went 3-for-4 with a pair of walks and two runs scored and reached base in five of six trips to the plate, March 4-6...Posted his first three-hit game as a Bear March 9, vs. SIU Edwardsville...Reached base in seven-straight games, March 2-13...Registered his fourth multi-hit game March 13, vs. Purdue with a 2-for-4 night against the 28th-ranked Boilermakers...Drove in his first runs as a Bears March 20 at SEMO, plating a pair with a seventh-inning single in MSU's 8-1 victory...Went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a career-high three RBIs in the Bears' 14-4 win over Illinois State (April 13)...Homered for the first time as a Bear and scored twice April 21 in MSU's 7-2 win at Wichita State...Posted a pair of hits and scored a run May 9 at Missouri...Went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in two games at the NCAA Regional in Coral Gables, Fla. (June 1-3)...Batted .277 with 13 RBIs and eight steals in 31 games over the summer with the Palm Springs Power of the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League.
Background: Prior to joining the Bears, Becker was a four-year starting shortstop at Shawnee Mission East High outside Kansas City...Earned first-team all-state recognition as a senior after batting .612 with 18 extra-base hits, 22 RBIs, 26 runs scored and nine steals in 25 games...Also named the Sunflower League Player of the Year, first-team all-conference, first-team all-metro by the Kansas City Star, and selected to play in the KCK All-Star Game...Picked up Shawnee Mission East team and defensive MVP awards all four seasons...Named all-conference following his junior and sophomore years...Batted .375 in the Ban Johnson League in the summer of 2011, driving in 17 runs and scoring 19 en route to being selected to play in the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium.
Personal: Dylan Tyler Becker is the son of Robert and Melinda Becker...Born January 6, 1993, in Kansas City, Mo...Plans to major in entertainment management.