MSU records fifth win over Wichita State to earn spot in Valley title game vs. Bradley Saturday evening
MSU breaks game open with seven-run sixth as Harris tosses 7.0 shutout innings
Hall records fourth-straight double-digit strikeout effort, moves to third on Valley's single-season chart
MSU claims 10th consecutive MVC win, 12th straight victory overall to complete three-game sweep of Braves
Big nights from Johnson and Cheray help MSU break 40-win barrier, secure outright MVC title
Missouri State baseball's Spencer Johnson addresses the media following the Bears' 13-8 win over Missouri at Hammons Field on Tuesday, April 28.
Spencer Johnson talks about strong performance at the plate in 5-2 win over Bradley
Spencer Johnson's Two-Run Double vs. Arkansas State
2014: Johnson asserted himself as a consistent offensive force over the second-half of his sophomore season, finishing the year with a .265 batting mark, two home runs and 25 RBIs...Hit .308 (16-for-52) in the Bears' last 15 games of the season, including nine RBIs and a .389 hitting clip over a nine-game stretch (May 4-17) that earned the Springfield native back-to-back Coors MSU Player of the Week honors (May12 and May 19)...Recorded a hit in each of MSU's first two games of the season at UCA (Feb.14-15) to extend his career-best hit streak to 12 games...Registered multi-hit games in five of the Bears' first 11 contests of the year...Posted back-to-back two-hit games vs. Northern Illinois (Feb. 21-22) at the Lobo Invite, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in an 11-0 win in the second contest...Also had a pair of hits and two runs batted-in in the Bears 12-0 win over Abilene Christian (Feb. 28), then went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a 12-2 win over ACU a week later...Went 2-for-3 with a walk at No. 24 Oklahoma State (March 25), before tallying the first of his three three-hit performances April 15 vs. Missouri; came within a home run of becoming just the eighth Bear to hit for the cycle against the Tigers, driving in two runs and scoring another in the 9-0 victory...Doubled twice and drove in a run in a 4-3 loss at UT Martin (April 25)...Had three hits and three RBIs in MSU's 10-5 win at Dallas Baptist (May 4), before homering and totaling three more safeties in the Bears' second win over Kansas in as many weeks May 7...Posted back-to-back 2-for-4 efforts to help MSU claim an MVC series win from league champ Evansville (May 16-17), driving in two runs in an 8-1 win in game two of the series before finishing with three RBIs in the rubber match, a 9-8 victory...Named to the MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll for the second straight year.
2013: Established himself as a regular in the Bears' lineup as a freshman, batting .295 in 42 games, 34 of which were starting assignments...Made 13 starts in right field, with MSU winning 11 of those contests, and another 21 at first base...Posted a 10-game hit streak (May 8-23) to close the season, batting .385 (15-for-39)...Recorded a hit in 17 of MSU's last 18 contests overall with eight of his nine multi-hit games on the year falling during that stretch...Also reached base safely in 12 straight contests to begin his collegiate career, Feb. 16-March 16...Went 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts, finishing second on the squad in steals...Led the team with a .333 road batting average and hit .351 (13-for-37) vs. left-handed pitching...Reached base a team-best 53.6 percent of the time as a leadoff man and hit .600 (3-for-5) with the bases loaded...Registered his first collegiate hit in his MSU debut against Sam Houston State, going 1-for-2 with a walk in a 3-2 victory...Notched his first runs batted-in as a Bear in an 8-1 win over Alcorn State (Feb. 22)...Went 2-for-4 with a key two-run double in the Bears' March 13 game at Arkansas State, then drove in a season-high four runs with a 2-for-3 effort in a 5-2 win over Bradley (April 19)...Logged two hits and scored a career-high two runs to begin a stretch of four-straight multi-hit games April 26 at Evansville...Went 2-for-3 and homered for the first time as a Bear April 30 at No. 16 Arkansas...Enjoyed a monster series against Wright State, hitting .700 (7-for-10) with three RBIs, May 10-12, including a season-best three-hit effort in the finale...Had a pair of hits and scored a run in the Bears' 3-2 win at Creighton (May 17)...Earned a spot on the MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll...Played in 23 games for Glens Falls of the Perfect Game Collegiate League over the summer, hitting .238 with a homer and nine runs batted-in for the Golden Eagles.
Background: Made the short trek to the Missouri State campus from Springfield Parkview High School after a dominant prep career that saw the first baseman/outfielder earn all-state recognition in each of his final three seasons...Hit .443 with nine home runs, 36 runs batted-in, 14 steals and 34 runs scored as a senior to notch his third straight Springfield News-Leader All-Ozarks selection...Also earned Ozark Conference Player of the Year honors...Batted .438, homered 13 times, swiped 12 bases and drove in 43 runs as a junior after a breakthrough sophomore campaign in which he clubbed a school-record 14 home runs and hit .563 with 46 RBIs.
Personal: Spencer Lee Johnson is the son of Ted and Tera Johnson...Born November 1, 1993, in Springfield, Mo...Majoring in physics.