Perez Nets Valley, National Honors for Shutdown Relief

Perez Nets Valley, National Honors for Shutdown Relief

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May 11, 2015

MVC Weekly Notebook

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For the third-consecutive week a Missouri State hurler has earned Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, as Sam Perez became the fifth different Bear to garner the distinction in 2015, the league announced Monday. Additionally, Perez became the second MSU pitcher in as many weeks to receive Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball.

Perez came through with a pair of shutdown relief efforts last week to help the Bears extend their current win streak to nine games---MSU's longest since May 2009. The junior from Branson, Mo., picked up his sixth and seventh victories of the season, working a combined 12.0 innings over which he allowed just one run on nine hits while striking out 16 without issuing a single walk.

In his second relief outing of 6.0 or more innings this season Tuesday at Saint Louis, the right-hander limited the Billikens to a single run while scattering six hits and striking out a career-high 10 batters in the 8-2 win. He followed that performance with a 5.1 inning stint in Sunday's victory over SIU, fanning six more and allowing only three hits while holding the Salukis scoreless to give the Bears time to rally from a two-run deficit. He allowed a pair of singles in the third and a leadoff hit in the fourth before dispatching 12 Salukis in a row to finish his day.

The Valley honor is the first for Perez, who joins two-time honoree Bryan Young (April 6 and April 27), Andy Cheray (Feb. 16), Jordan Knutson (April 13) and Matt Hall (May 4) on MSU's list of 2015 MVC Pitcher of the Week award winners.

The Bears (38-10, 15-3 MVC), who climbed to No. 10 in this week's Baseball America College Top 25 poll Monday, enter the final weekend MVC play just one win away from clinching a share of the Valley's regular-season title. MSU hosts Bradley in a three-game set at Hammons Field, beginning with a 6:35 p.m. game Thursday (May 14).

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