MSU will enter postseason on 16-game win streak after rallying to take MVC crown
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
Junior left-hander notches seventh MVC Pitcher of the Week award for MSU's talented pitching staff
MSU claims 10th consecutive MVC win, 12th straight victory overall to complete three-game sweep of Braves
Sam Perez Reflects on First Career Win vs. Arkansas State
2014: Perez posted a breakthrough sophomore campaign, going 3-1 with a 4.50 earned run average in 15 appearances for the Bears...Earned all three of his wins in relief, registering a 2.56 ERA in his 14 appearances out of the bullpen...Struck out 25 batters in 32.0 innings while issuing just eight walks to finish with the second-best K/BB ratio (3.125) on the squad...Went 1-0 with two saves while turning in team-lows for ERA (1.74) and opponent batting average (.184) during MVC play...Logged four scoreless relief outings to start the season (Feb. 21-March 11), allowing just two hits over 6.1 innings while fanning nine and walking none...Earned his first collegiate win with 8.1 innings of four-hit relief vs. Arkansas State (March 26); struck out a career-best six hitters in the 5-4 MSU victory...Recorded 3.0 scoreless innings to help the Bears claim the rubber match of their MVC series with Southern Illinois (March 30), fanning three while allowing just two hits to earn his second win...Notched his first save as a Bear April 11 at Bradley, closing out a come-from-behind 6-5 victory with a scoreless ninth inning...Closed the door on a 4-2 win over Illinois State (April 18) with 1 1/3 perfect innings for his second straight save...Pitched 3.0 innings of relief in a 6-5 win at Kansas (April 23) to pick up his third victory...Tossed 2.1 shutout frames May 17 to help MSU defeat the MVC regular-season champion Evansville, 9-8...Made his first collegiate start May 23 in the Bears' elimination contest with Dallas Baptist at the MVC Championship; tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs on seven hits in 1/3 of an inning...Earned MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll recognition for the second consecutive year...Worked a team-high 68.1 innings for the Sedalia Bombers of the MINK League over the summer, going 5-3 with a 2.77 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 10 starts; finished with a complete-game six-hit shutout vs. Derby at the NBC World Series in Wichita.
2013: Made two relief appearances for the Bears as a freshman, posting a 4.50 earned run average...Made his MSU debut Feb. 22 in an 8-1 win over Alcorn State, working a scoreless inning with one strikeout...Named to the MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll...Pitched for Sedalia over the summer, registering a 3-2 record to go along with a 3.21 ERA.
Background: Perez was the final piece to the Bears' 2012 recruiting class, committing in the spring on the heels of a strong senior campaign for Branson High...Recorded a 7-2 record to go along with a 0.97 earned run average and 78 strikeouts over 60 innings for the Pirates to earn MHSBCA First-Team All-State and Springfield News-Leader All-Ozarks honors as a senior...Also named Central Ozarks Conference Pitcher of the Year and Academic All-State recognition as a senior...Hit .411 and went 5-1 with a 3.12 ERA on the mound to earn all-conference honors as a junior in 2011.
Personal: Samuel Charles Perez is the son of Frank Perez and Erika Allen...Born August 17, 1994, in Turlock, Calif...Plans to major in cell and molecular biology and pursue a career in medicine.