Jimmy Pickens and Blaise Salter combine for six RBI's to power MSU past Utah
Two ninth inning runs give Spartans late lead.
Cam Gibson, Ryan Krill and Chase Rihtarchik named Northwoods League All-Stars; Anthony Misiewicz earns all-star nod from Great Lakes League.
Jimmy Pickens named second-team All-Big Ten.
A five-run third inning was the Spartans downfall.
AT A GLANCE
SUMMER 2013: Garnered both all-league and all-star honors in the Northwoods League while playing for the Battle Creek Bombers . . . led the Bombers and ranked seventh in the league with a .345 batting average and also ranked tied for eighth with 23 stolen bases . . . posted a 27-game hitting streak during the season . . . also had 76 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, 43 runs and 26 RBIs.
2013 (FRESHMAN): Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . played in 43 games during the course of the season, including 40 starts . . . posted a .954 fielding percentage . . . compiled a .325 batting average, which ranked 12th in the Big Ten and fourth on the team . . . batted .306 in Big Ten play . . . scored 34 runs and stole 12 bases, which tied him for second on the team and most by a freshman in both categories . . . batted in 17 runs, 10 of which came in Big Ten play . . . posted a nine-game hitting streak, hitting .429 and scoring seven runs between April 9 and April 28 . . . had a career-high four hits in two games (Santa Clara on March 16 and Central Michigan on May 14) . . . lead the team with three triples, two of which came against Toledo (4/16) . . . started all 20 games he appeared in during conference play . . . had a season-high two stolen based against Oakland (3/23) . . . hit .377 with runners in scoring position.
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 38th round (No. 1173 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft . . . a four-year letterwinner under Coach Dan Griesbaum at Grosse Pointe South High School . . . two-time first-team Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 1 all-state selection . . . played in the 2012 MHSBCA All-Star Game at Comerica Park for the East and had a single . . . prior to the 2012 season, was named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-America Team and also to the preseason ESPNHS all-state team . . . helped lead Grosse Pointe South to a district title as a junior in 2011 with a .414 batting average and 32 runs, 13 doubles, seven homers and 40 RBIs . . . named a notable player to watch in the Class of 2012 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org.
PERSONAL: Son of Kirk and Joanne Gibson . . . father, Kirk, is the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and was an All-American in football (1978) and baseball (1978) at Michigan State; also played 17 years in the Major Leagues and won World Series titles with the Detroit Tigers (1984) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1988); named the 1988 National League Most Valuable Player.
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