Complete-game effort by Cheray, late rally sets up Saturday rematch with Bradley for spot in title game
Paulsen's three-run home highlights Game 1 victory for White club
Returning Bears competing in leagues from California to North Carolina
MSU improves to 5-2 in extra-inning games behind clutch efforts from Paulsen and Young
Maroon team scores six times in 8th to overcome deficit, take 3-1 series lead
• MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2014)
• MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (2014)
2015: Ruff saw action in 19 games off the Missouri State bench as a pinch runner and defensive replacement...Made his first plate appearance as a Bear May 16 in the regular-season finale vs. Bradley...Scored four runs on the season, including a late tally in the Bears’ 5-2 win over Bradley in the championship game of the MVC Tournament (May 24)...Hit a team-leading .442 (19-for-43) with three homers, 11 RBIs and two steals in just 16 games over the summer with the Branson Nationals of the MINK League.
2014: Sat out the season as a redshirt...Received MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award and Academic Honor Roll recognition for his work in the classroom.
Background: Joined former Springfield Parkview High School Spencer Johnson on the Bears' roster after completing a standout prep career as an outfielder for the Vikings...A two-sport athlete and National Honor Student, Ruff was a Springfield News-Leader All-Ozarks pick as a senior, batting .381 with 30 runs scored, five home runs, 19 runs batted-in...Was an All-Ozark Conference choice as a junior in 2012 after helping PHS to its first conference title in baseball since 1969 with a .324 batting mark, four homers, 18 RBIs and 10 steals...Also quarterbacked Parkview's varsity football squad to an 8-3 season last fall, earning all-conference and all-district recognition, as well as MFCA Academic All-State honors for the second straight year.
Personal: Landan Robert Ruff is the son of Robert and Terry Ruff...Born Oct. 22, 1994 in Springfield, Mo...Plans to pursue a pre-med course of study in cell and molecular biology.