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Missouri State head coach Keith Guttin and student-athletes Jordan Knutson, Bryan Young and Joey Hawkins address the media following the sixth game of the NCAA Baseball Springfield Regional on Sunday, May 31, at Hammons Field.
• MVC Pitcher of the Week (April 13, 2015)
• MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (April 15, 2015)
• MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award (2015)
• MVC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll (2015)
• MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2014)
• MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (2014)
2014: Knutson (kuh-NOOT-sin) emerged as a dependable cog in the Bears’ weekend rotation as a sophomore, logging a 6-2 record and a 3.16 earned run average in 20 total appearances, including 14 starts…Worked 88.1 innings, good for the third-highest total on the club, and struck out 61 batters…Worked a total of six quality starts and completed at least 5.0 frames in 12 of his 14 starts…Went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in seven MVC starts…Picked up his first mound victory as a Bear March 29 with 8 2/3 innings of an 8-1 win at Jacksonville, allowing just one run on six hits…Earned MVC Pitcher of the Week and Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels the week of April 13 after tossing 8.0 shutout innings in a 2-0 win over Evansville (April 12) in which he fanned six while allowing just five hits…Completed 7.0 innings of the Bears’ May 15 win over Bradley, permitting just two runs on four hits…Earned a win over Wichita State (May 22) at the MVC Championship by working 5.2 strong innings in a 6-4 victory that propelled MSU into the title game…Turned in a clutch 7.0 inning effort in the NCAA Springfield Regional-clinching victory over Iowa (May 31); struck out five, walked one and scattered three hits in the 3-2 win…Limited Arkansas (June 7) to three runs on six hits over 6.0 innings at the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional…Received the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award for the second consecutive year.
2014: Appeared in nine games for the Bears as a freshman, including one start...Struck out eight over 7.2 innings of work for the season...Turned in a pair of scoreless relief outings in MSU's season-opening series win over UCA, recording a strikeout in his Bears' debut on Feb. 15, a 6-4 victory...Made his first collegiate start March 26 vs. Arkansas State, allowing three runs on two hits over 0.2 innings in a 5-4 win...Notched a scoreless inning April 20 vs. Illinois State, then worked a season-best 2.2 innings in a 7-5 road decision over UT Martin (April 26)...Received MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award and Honor Roll recognition for his work in the classroom...Struck out 25 over 29.1 innings in 16 appearances for the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League this past summer.
Background: Joined the Bears' mound corps after picking up all-state recognition as a senior at Lee's Summit High in 2013...Set a LSHS record with 18 strikeouts in a single game as a senior...Also posted school single-season records with a 0.56 ERA and 103 strikeouts as a senior to earn a Kansas City Star All-Metro team citation, as well as All-Suburban Big 6 Conference and league player of the year honors...Tabbed for Rawlings' Preseason All-Central Region team...Picked up all-conference honors as a junior as well after fanning 77 batters, 17 of which came in one game to break another Lee's Summit High program record.
Personal: Jordan Anthony Knutson is the son of Tony and Tina Knutson...Born April 5, 1995 in Kansas City, Mo...Majoring in construction management.