Strong pitching, three-hit games from Medrano and Seifert lead the way
Former Bears infielder Matt Lawson returns to assist the Missouri State coaching staff as a student assistant coach in 2014 after wrapping up a successful seven-year professional career last summer. Lawson was a three-year letterwinner at second base for MSU from 2005-07, picking up Second-Team All-MVC honors as a sophomore in 2006 after hitting .330 and leading the club in runs scored (43), doubles (19), triples (3) and stolen bases (20). He added an honorable mention all-conference nod in 2007, and ranks eighth on the Bears' career assists list and 10th in double-plays turned.
A 14th-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers in 2007, Lawson was named a California League (Class A) All-Star in 2009, hitting .293 with career highs in home runs (10) and RBIs (57) for Bakersfield. He followed that performance with an effort that earned him a spot in the Texas League (Class AA) All-Star Game the following year, clubbing nine homers and driving in 56 baserunners combined in stops at Frisco and West Tennessee (Class AA, Southern League).
Lawson, a Carl Junction, Mo., product, is working toward completing his bachelor's degree in exercise science at MSU. He resides in Springfield with his wife, Mallory, an assistant volleyball coach at Evangel University.