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Joey Hawkins Discusses the Bears' Sweep of Indiana State
2013: Hawkins 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.