Fultz, Hawkins Earn Summer All-Star Nods
July 8, 2014
SPRINGFIED, Mo. - A pair of Missouri State baseball returners were recently selected for their respective summer league all-star games, as Joey Hawkins was picked for the Coastal Plain League's West All-Star roster and Matt Fultz was named a Mid-Plains League All-Star.
Hawkins, currently hitting .300 with 33 hits and a team-high 20 runs scored for Forest City, was selected for CPL's July 14 All-Star Game in Morehead City, N.C., by a vote of the league's head coaches, broadcasters and media representatives from all 14 member teams. The Bears' senior-to-be has started 31 of his clubs' 33 games after setting MSU single-season records for sacrifice hits (19) and defensive assists (185) this past spring. One of just three Bears to start all 57 games in 2014, Hawkins will enter his final collegiate campaign with a string of 96 consecutive starts on the Bears' infield.
Fultz has already left his mark in all-star action this summer, clubbing a home run as the Mid-Plains League's starting catcher in its 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Kansas City Amateur Baseball Association (KCABA) All-Stars this past Saturday (July 5). MSU's junior backstop turned in one of his top performances of the summer Monday night, going 3-for-4 with 5 RBIs--all with two out--in the Midwest A's 14-6 win over first-place Topeka. The Lee's Summit, Mo., product is hitting .292 with a homer and 15 RBIs in 24 games this summer after posting the second-best home run total for a Bear this past spring, belting three round-trippers while driving in 26 runs in his first season with MSU.