Scouting Clausen: Two-way player who will compete for a spot as a situational left-handed reliever...as a pitcher, throws a good fastball with good deception...as an outfielder, has excellent speed and ability to run down balls in the gap.
2007 Season: Appeared in nine games as an outfielder and made nine bullpen appearances...lone hit was an RBI double vs. Quinnipiac (3/11)...scored a run at Bowling Green (3/28)...pitched 6.0 innings of relief, posting a 4.50 ERA and four strikeouts...worked 1.1 innings to get the win vs. Western Michigan (4/10)...hurled a perfect ninth inning against Penn State (4/16)...worked a perfect eighth inning and had a strikeout at Ohio State (5/4)...threw a sco reless frame on back-to-back days vs. Northwestern (5/11-12), getting credit for a save in MSU's 7-4 win on May 12.
2006 Season: Played in 21 games, including 11 starts in the outfield and one at DH...collected 10 hits and scored eight runs...hit a career-high three doubles at Ohio (3/18)......collected a hit, a stolen base, two walks and two runs against Indiana (4/1)...hit a triple and scored twice vs. Western Michigan (4/12)...pitched two innings against Minnesota (4/22) in his only appearance on the mound.
2005 Season: Took the field 42 times, starting in 34 games...batted .299, leading the Spartans with three triples...placed fifth on the team with 23 RBI...hit 3-for-6 with four RBI vs. Brown (3/6)...hit his first collegiate home run in the second inning against Campbell (3/8), then belted out his first career grand slam in the sixth inning, going 2-for-3 with five RBI...hit 2-for-3 on three other occasions...went 1-for-1 with a triple against Indiana, also pitching a career-high 2.0 innings against the Hoosiers (4/7)...appeared on the mound a total of four times.
High School: Batted .428 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI in 2004...compiled a 10-1 pitching record with a 0.75 ERA as a senior...ranked fourth in state history with 15 career shutouts...pitched and played in the outfield for Jenison...led team to the 2004 MHSAA Division I state championship game...three-time all-conference and all-area honoree...garnered all-state Dream Team honors...three-year letterwinner...served as team captain in baseball and football in junior and senior seasons...also lettered in football and basketball.
Personal: Born Sept. 17, 1985 in Grand Rapids, Mich...son of Kyle and Sue Clausen...criminal justice major...enjoys playing video games...uncle Mike Takos played football for Grand Valley State...lists father Kyle as his biggest baseball influence...favorite team is the Atlanta Braves, and favorite player is Albert Pujols...earned a spot on the MSU baseball "Top 9 Club" for second straight year...pitched for the Great Lakes League Champion Columbus All-Americans in the summer of 2006...played for the San Luis Obispo Blues in the summer of 2007.
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