Challenging 56-game slate awaits Bears in 25th Missouri Valley Conference season
Returning Bears Competing in Leagues From California to Massachusetts
Cheray Taken by Oakland in 17th Round, St. Louis Picks Schumacher in 36th Round
MSU Comes up One Victory Short of Valley Title Game After Falling to Patriots for a Seventh Time, 9-4
MSU's Five-Run Seventh, Dominant Bullpen Performance Key 7-2 Win Over Bradley to Keep Bears' MVC Championship Hopes Alive
Eric Cheray Discusses Anticipation for 2014 Season
Coors MSU Player of the Week Eric Cheray Discusses His Move to Third Base
2013: Cheray was a stabilizing force at the top of the Bears' lineup and on the right side of the infield as a sophomore, hitting .285 and leading the club with a .436 on-base percentage en route to earning First-Team All-MVC honors...Made 48 starts, including 38 at second, posting a solid .960 fielding average and assisting on a team-high 26 double-plays...Ranked second in the MVC and 45th nationally in walks (41), finishing the year tied for eighth on the Bears' single-season list...Also rated fifth in the Valley in on-base percentage (.436) and climbed to second on MSU's career list for sacrifice bunts (22) with eight for the year...Reached base safely in 23 consecutive games, April 12-May 18, hitting .368 (28-for-76) and recording an on-base percentage of .515...Logged a personal-best nine-game hit streak (April 20-May 5)...Batted .379 in league play to lead club and .342 with runners on base...Hit .600 (6-for-10) in three games at the Southern Miss Invitational (Feb. 22-24), going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in MSU's victory over No. 28 Southern Miss before driving in two runs and registering his first three-hit game as a Bear in a 5-4 win over Eastern Illinois...Also posted three-hit games against Northwestern (March 9), Indiana State (March 31) and Wichita State (May 5)...Eclipsed previous career highs for hits (4) and runs scored (3) in MSU's 14-6 win at Southern Illinois (April 13)...Earned a team-best three Coors MSU Player of the Week honors in 2013 (Feb. 25, April 29 and May 6)...Named First-Team MVC Scholar-Athlete...Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League over the summer.
2012: Enjoyed a standout first year as a Bear, hitting .278 with a homer, 17 RBIs and a school-record 14 sacrifices over 58 games...Shared the MVC lead in sacrifice hits and ranked eighth in triples...Hit a team-high .333 (29-for-87) in 28 games at Hammons Field...Posted perhaps his best game as a Bear Feb. 29, at Oklahoma State, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, a walk and his first career stolen base to help MSU defeat the Cowboys, 7-1...Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in the Bears' 3-0 win over SIU Edwardsville on March 9...Recorded hits in six of nine contests, Feb. 26-March 10, including four multi-hit games...Registered a .368 batting average (7-for-19) over the same stretch...Went 3-for-6 with a double, triple and two RBIs in two wins over Creighton, March 24-25...Saw his errorless streak of eight games (27 chances) come to an end March 25...Doubled to start the Bears' ninth-inning rally vs. Kansas (March 27), then scored the game-winning run on Kevin Medrano's bases-loaded single...Notched his sixth-multi-hit game of the season in an 8-4 win at Dallas Baptist (March 31), finishing the day 2-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt...Had two hits, a walk and an RBI in the Bears' 12-5 win over Arkansas State (April 4)...Registered a Bears' season-high eight assists in MSU's 12-2 win at Bradley (April 7)...Went 3-for-8 (.375) and scored four times to help the Bears to a two-game sweep of Illinois State, April 13-14...Hit a team-high .462 (6-for-13) and slugged 1.000, April 25-29; hit his first homer as a Bear and recorded his first game-winning RBI April 29 in MSU's 12-6 win over SIU...Earned all-tournament honors at the Jayhawk Classic (May 4-6) after going 4-for-12 with four runs scored to help the Bears claim the title...Batted a team-high .438 (7-for-16) in four games to earn All-MVC Tournament honors...Limited to five at-bats in the NCAA Tournament due to injury...Batted .336 with 12 doubles, four triples and 29 RBIs over the summer to help the Topeka Golden Giants advance to the NBC World Series.
Background: Cheray came to Missouri State from Seaman High School in Topeka, Kan., where his teams went 70-5 his first three years and became the first team in Kansas Class 5A history to win three consecutive state championships...Was a first-team all-state, all-league and all-city selection while earning Topeka Co-Player of the Year honors...Named first-team all-league and all-city after his sophomore season and was the only freshman to make the varsity team in 2008, helping the Vikings to the first of their three-straight state titles.
Personal: Eric Alan Cheray is the son of Steve and Lois Cheray...Born December 11, 1992, in Topeka, Kan...Majoring in psychology.