Feb. 18, 2015
MVC Scholar-Athlete Release
ST. LOUIS - Two days after picking up Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week recognition, Missouri State junior Andy Cheray added MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors for his performance in the Bears' third-straight win to start the 2015 season Sunday, Valley commissioner Doug Elgin announced Wednesday.
Cheray tossed 7.0 innings of two-hit ball to lift the Bears past Washington State with a 12-0 victory that completed a perfect 3-0 weekend at the SFA Tipton Ford Classic in Nacogdoches, Texas. The left-hander allowed just three baserunners in his first start of the new season, combining with relievers Jordan Knutson and Brad Archer on a two-hit shutout. An Overland Park, Kan., product, Cheray permitted just a pair of singles and one walk while striking out four Cougars in the victory.
Cheray's effort capped a banner weekend for the Missouri State pitching staff, as the Bears held the opposition to just six runs in their three games in Texas, marking the fewest given up by an MSU staff in the first three games of any season since 1984. Bears starters were particularly stingy, yielding a 1.42 ERA and a .197 opponent average in 19.0 combined innings.
Cheray, who is pursuing a pre-med course of study as a chemistry major, is a two-time MVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member and a 2013 Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award winner.
To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.
Missouri State (3-0) will be back in action Saturday (Feb. 21) when it takes on Iowa (11 a.m.) and UALR (6 p.m.) at QT Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.