MSU drops rain-shortened game after a pair of late home runs boost UCA
MSU scores 10 unanswered runs to earn win, as Blake Graham and Matt Hall enjoy big days in Natchitoches
Opportunistic Bears ride 6.1 shutout innings from Harris, three unearned runs in 5th to series-opening win
MSU will meet UCA for weekend series at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches
No. 16 OSU uses three-run rallies in 6th and 7th innings to clinch victory over MSU
Joey Hawkins Discusses the Bears' Sweep of Indiana State
2014: Hawkins started all 57 games at shortstop to run his streak of consecutive games started to 96...Posted career-best numbers for batting (.243), hits (46), RBIs (19), runs (19) and on-base percentage (.327), while shattering MSU single-season (19) and career (33) records for sacrifice hits...Led the Valley and ranked eighth nationally in sacrifices...Also broke the Bears' school single-season record with 185 defensive assists, which led the MVC and helped MSU post a .972 team fielding percentage, which ranks as the second-highest in program history...Reached base safely in 17 straight games, April 25-May 21, batting .328 with a .418 OBP over the same stretch; also notched a career-best eight-game hitting streak over which he hit .379 (May 9-21)...Logged back-to-back two-hit games vs. Northern Illinois (Feb. 21-22), including a personal-best two doubles in MSU's 11-0 win in the second game to raise his average to a season-high .375...Posted a pair of hits, drew a walk and scored a run against Kansas State (March 1)...Came through with a pair of two-hit games against Southern Illinois to help the Bears claim the conference series...Registered multi-hit games in five of the Bears' final 20 contests, including two in a row against Indiana State (May 9-10) to highlight a series that saw him go 5-for-11 with three RBIs...Closed the season with hits in each of his final nine Valley games, hitting .364 (12-for-33)...Also drove in four runs in MSU's three-game series at Dallas Baptist (May 2-4)...Helped the Bears eliminate host Indiana State from the MVC Championship with a two-run single that sparked four-run, third-inning rally and culminated in a 9-1 victory...Hit .277 in 45 games over the summer with the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plains League.
2013: Made 45 starts at third base, including 39 in a row to close out the season, batting .238 with 14 RBIs for the year...Ranked second in the Valley and 42nd nationally in sacrifices with 13, which was also good for the No. 2 spot on the Bears' single-season chart, finishing one sac bunt shy of teammate Eric Cheray's school record (2012)...Started the season by tripling twice and recording three hits overall in his first five at-bats (Feb. 17-March 3), going 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored in the Bears' 5-0 win over Northwestern State (March 3)...Batted .429 (6-for-14) over a four-game stretch from March 15-19, and hit .327 (18-for-55) overall for the month...Went 4-for-4, scored three times and reached base safely in all six plate appearances to help spark an 8-7 come-from-behind win over Indiana State (March 31)...Also turned in three-hit games vs. Northwestern (March 10) and New Mexico (March 19)...Logged a career-high five-game hit streak, April 7-14, and reached base safely via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in seven consecutive games, May 8-18...Posted a career-best two-RBI day, highlighted by a game-tying double with two out in the seventh inning of an eventual 7-3 victory over Southern Illinois (April 12)...Hit .292 (21-for-72) at home and .400 (4-for-10) in neutral-field contests...Named to the MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll...Played summer ball for the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the Northwoods League.
2012: Appeared in 36 games as a freshman and made 12 starts in all on the Bears' infield...Handled his first 64 defensive chances as a freshman without committing an error and fielded .974 on the year... Made six starts in MSU's first seven games...Hit .308 (4-for-13) in his first four starts as a Bear, Feb. 17-24...Went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored Feb. 18, in the Bears' 10-8 win over Tennessee Tech...Assisted on four double plays in MSU's 4-2 win at Texas Tech (Feb. 19), just one shy of Ryan Howard's single-game school record...Drove in his first run May 5 in the Bears' 11-3 win over Air Force...Registered his first hits since Feb. 24 with a 2-for-3 day off the Bears' bench in an 11-8 win over Bradley at the MVC Championship (May 24)...Started at shortstop in each of MSU's final two contests at the Coral Gables Regional (June 2-3), going 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Bears' 12-2 win over top seeded Miami (Fla.).
Background: Hawkins spent time with the Ontario Blue Jays, a select team of high school players, and Team Canada prior to attending Missouri State...Participated in several extended spring training games against professional teams, as well as one Major League spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays...Ontario team went 63-7 in 2011 in the Premier Baseball League of Ontario, and won the 2010 North Atlantic Regional while finishing second in 2011...Hit .400 in the Connie Mack World Series in 2010, a prestigious amateur baseball tournament including teams from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico...The Blue Jays regularly scrimmage the Bears each fall at Hammons Field...Chosen by Kansas City in the 42nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Personal: Joey Stephen Hawkins is the son of Steve and Sheilah Hawkins...Born March 10, 1993, in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada...Majoring in sport administration at MSU.