No. 7 MSU takes on No. 2 Nebraska in tournament opener.
MSU returns 22 players from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
David Garner (Cape Cod League), Jimmy Pickens (Northwoods League) and Mike Theodore (Alaska League) earn all-star recognition.
Ryan Jones and Jordan Keur share the John Kobs Most Valuable Player award.
Incoming signee Justin Alleman is also drafted on Wednesday by Kansas City in the 18th round.
AT A GLANCE
Drafted in the 14th round (No. 441 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox . . . four-year starter in the weekend rotation . . . 26-14 career record with 3.72 ERA . . . started a school-record 55 games . . . finished his career first in MSU history in innings pitched (372.1), second in strikeouts (272), and tied for third in wins (26) . . . walked only 67 batters in 372.1 career innings . . . threw eight complete games and four complete game shutouts . . . was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times in his career (tied for second most in school history).
2012 (SENIOR): Named the team's Most Valuable Pitcher (Robin Roberts Award) . . . Compiled a 6-4 record with a 3.07 ERA . . . Third-Team All-Big Ten selection . . . voted co-captain by his teammates . . . ranked first in the Big Ten with 94 strikeouts and only walked 22 (4.3 K/BB ratio) . . . also ranked first in the conference with 111.1 innings pitched, which is a school record . . . had a team-best 10 quality starts (at least six innings pitched; three earned runs or less) . . . ranked ninth in the Big Ten in ERA (3.07) and 10th in opposing average (.250) . . . led the Big Ten in conference games with 53 strikeouts . . . named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week after pitching six shutout innings in win over No. 11 St. John's on Feb. 17; retired his first 13 batters, allowed just one hit, and didn't surrender a walk . . . struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings of work at Cincinnati (6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB) . . . took a no decision vs. Ohio State on March 31 although he pitched eight scoreless innings, struck out nine, scattered two hits, and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning . . . fanned five in 6 1/3 innings in a win at Illinois on May 4 . . . named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week after throwing his fourth complete game shutout in the win over Iowa on May 11; struck out nine, didn't walk a batter, and only allowed five hits against the Hawkeyes . . . struck out nine and allowed just one run on six hits in his final home start on May 17 vs. Penn State at McLane Baseball Stadium . . . named to Big Ten All-Tournament Team after allowing just two runs, one earned, in eight innings in win over Nebraska.
SUMMER 2011: Named to the 25-man Cape Cod All-League Team after an impressive summer season pitching for the Brewster Whitecaps . . . ranked fourth in the Cape Cod League with a 1.90 ERA, tied for eighth with 37 strikeouts, and only walked eight in 47.1 innings pitched . . . also named to the all-star team and pitched a scoreless inning during the all-star game on July 29 at Fenway Park.
2011 (JUNIOR): First-team All-Big Ten selection as the No. 2 starter in the rotation . . . collected an 8-3 record with a 3.38 ERA . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in wins (tied for second with 8), strikeouts (third with 66), starts (tied for third with 15), innings pitched (fourth with 101.1) and opposing batting average (seventh at .258) . . . his 101.1 innings pitched were the second most in a MSU season . . . led the team with three complete games and had seven quality starts (six or more innings; three earned runs or less) . . . tied career high with nine strikeouts in throwing a three-hit, complete-game shutout over Northwestern (5/20); the win clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship for MSU . . . scattered seven hits and allowed just two runs in 6.1 innings in victory over Purdue (5/7) . . . tied his career high with nine strikeouts in seven innings in no decision vs. Penn State (4/30) . . . named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after throwing his third career complete game shutout in the win over Minnesota (4/9); scattered five hits and had no walks . . . nearly pitched a complete game in win at Iowa (4/2), tossing 8.2 innings and allowing just one run while striking out five . . . earned his fourth win of the season after striking out six and surrendering three runs in 6.0 innings at Michigan (3/27) . . . suffered the loss at Evansville (3/19) although he pitched his fourth career complete game and allowed just three hits and two runs in 8.0 innings . . . improved to 3-0 after striking out six in 7.0 innings against Akron (3/12) . . . picked up victory by surrendering just one run on five hits in 6.0 innings vs. SIU-Edwardsville (3/4) . . . earned his first win of the season by allowing three runs in 7.1 innings of work against Furman (2/26).
SUMMER 2010: Pitching for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, was named first-team all-league for his 4-1 record and impressive 0.82 ERA over 44.0 innings pitched . . . produced 42 strikeouts against just eight walks.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): As the No. 3 starter in the rotation, compiled a 7-5 record, including a team-best two shutouts . . . second on the team and 10th in the conference with 88.2 innings pitched, which also ranked 10th most in an MSU single-season . . . appeared in 14 games, starting in 13 . . . only walked 17 batters against 52 strikeouts . . . struck out a season-high seven batters in a nine-hit shutout win over Southeast Missouri (3/7) in Starkville, Miss. . . . threw his second complete game shutout of the season at Notre Dame, allowing just three hits and one walk while fanning five in MSU's 3-0 victory over the Irish in South Bend (3/21).
2009 (FRESHMAN): Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . went 5-2 (2-1 in the Big Ten) with a staff-low 3.55 ERA . . . made 11 starts in 14 appearances . . . struck out a team-high 61 while walking just 12 . . . picked up his first-career collegiate win by going 7.0 innings and striking out five in a 14-5 win over Eastern Michigan (3/18) . . . struck out a season-high nine batters in MSU's 3-1 win over Western Michigan (4/15) . . . won his first Big Ten game in his first league start by giving up three earned runs, including four strikeouts in 7.1 innings, as the Spartans defeated Iowa, 14-5 (4/26) . . . also struck out nine in his last start of the season at Indiana (5/16) as he earned the win in a 7-3 Spartan victory.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-state selection as a senior . . . three year all-conference and all-area honoree . . . three-year letterwinner . . . went 21-1 with an ERA of 1.50 in two years on the varsity squad . . . rated the No. 21 prospect overall in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report . . . played for coach Jeff Petrovic at Minooka Community . . . went 13-0 on the mound as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 27, 1989 . . . lists Chipper Jones as his favorite athlete and Greg Maddux as his favorite pitcher . . . son of Jim and Judy Bucciferro.
Bucciferro's Career Bests:
Innings Pitched: 9.0, five times (last vs. Iowa, 5/11/12)
Strikeouts: 10, vs. Cincinnati (3/16/12)
Fewest Runs Allowed: 0, seven times (last vs. Ohio State, 3/31/12)
Fewest Hits Allowed: 1, vs. St. John's (2/17/12)