Jimmy Pickens hit a triple in the ninth to propel MSU to the victory.
Michigan State had a season-high 16 runs and Jimmy Pickens had four RBIs.
In game two, Chase Rihtarchik went seven innings and allowed just one hit.
David Garner strikes out nine in the loss.
Senior Trey Popp threw 3 1/3 innings and earned his first save of the season.
Sophomore enters his second season as the starting center fielder.
SUMMER 2012: Played for the Florence RedWolves in the Coastal Plains League . . . hit .417 (35-for-84) in 26 games, including 24 starts . . . had four doubles, one homer and 10 RBIs . . . was 6-for-8 in stolen-base attempts.
2012 (FRESHMAN): Started 39 games in center field . . . outstanding defensive player posted a perfect fielding percentage . . . led team with 15 stolen bases, which tied for seventh in the Big Ten . . . ranked third on the team with a .311 batting average . . . named to the Stanford All-Regional Team after leading MSU at the plate with a .429 avg. (3-for-7) in the two NCAA Tournament games; also made a diving catch to start a triple play vs. Fresno State . . . led team with a .467 batting average in the Big Ten Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team . . . collected a season-high four hits in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament against Nebraska (5/23) . . . hit a solo homer to lead off the game at Cincinnati (3/17).
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterwinner under Coach Tim Pirowski at Portage High School . . . named the 2011 Northwest Indiana Times Player of the Year after batting .486 with four triples, four homers, 11 doubles, 21 stolen bases, 34 runs and 36 RBIs . . . garnered 2011 Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association First-Team All-State 4A honors . . . served as a captain his senior season . . . named team MVP his junior year, hitting .523 with 11 triples, eight doubles, three homers and 30 RBIs . . . named to the Duneland Athletic Conference First Team after leading the league in batting . . . his 11 triples were the most in school history for a single season . . . also named to the Post-Tribune and The Times First-Team All-Area squads . . . selected for the Indiana Crossroads Classic Showcase Series . . . selected for Team Indiana, where he hit .590 with two homers and was a perfect 10-for-10 stealing bases . . . was a 2010 Gold Glove winner . . . played 2010 summer baseball for the Indiana Breakers, recording a .619 batting average with 13 doubles, eight triples, four homers and 22 stolen bases . . . also lettered in football his senior year as a defensive back, punter and kick returner, and in basketball as a point guard.
PERSONAL: Son on Tony and Becky Cheky . . . born Oct. 25, 1992 . . . marketing major . . . chose Michigan State over several schools, including Notre Dame, Clemson, Arkansas, Ohio State and Purdue.
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