MSU returns 22 players from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
MSU finishes the regular season 35-19 and will be the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
Three-game series between Spartans and Nittany Lions begins Thursday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium.
Michigan State looking for its second straight win over the Chippewas at Comerica Park.
AT A GLANCE
Three-year letterwinner has seen action in 95 career games, including 80 starts . . . owns a career .305 batting average with 12 doubles, three homers and 55 RBIs.
2012 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 46 games, including 34 starts (23 as designated hitter; 11 at first base) . . . hit career-high three homers to go along with 25 RBIs and a .261 batting average . . . connected on a three-run homer in the ninth inning in MSU's 15-7 win at Western Michigan (5/8) . . . hit a solo homer at Illinois (5/4) . . . hit his first career home run with a two-run blast at Indiana (4/15); went 3-for-5 in the game and also had a run-scoring double in the ninth . . . delivered a pinch-hit, walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning against Central Michigan (3/28) . . . drove in three runs against Bowling Green (3/27) . . . went 3-for-4 with two RBIs vs. Miami-Ohio (2/24).
SUMMER 2011: Played for the Southern Ohio Copperheads in the Great Lakes Collegiate League . . . ranked second on the team with 19 RBIs and compiled a .301 batting average.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Third-team All-Big Ten selection . . . ranked fifth on the team and tied for 12th in the Big Ten with a .341 batting average . . . saw action in 48 games, with 46 starts (45 at DH, one at first base) . . . collected 59 hits, including seven doubles . . . drove in 30 runs . . . hit .417 (25-for-60) with runners in scoring position . . . ranked sixth on the team with 17 multi-hit games . . . had three-game winning RBIs (Cincinnati on Feb. 20; Michigan on March 25; Central Michigan on April 20) . . . hit .348 in Big Ten games . . . had a career-high 11-game hitting streak from March 13-April 8 . . . had a career-high four hits in two games (Ohio State on April 17 and Indiana on May 13) . . . drove in a career-high four RBIs vs. Eastern Michigan on April 26.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in one game against Oakland (3/26) and had one at-bat.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-state and Dream Team member as a senior . . . earned all-league, all-district and all-region honors as a sophomore, junior and senior . . . team captain his junior and senior years . . . played for coach Paul Schneider at Portage Central and went 34-3 his senior year . . . played in the East-West All-Star game at Comerica Park as a senior . . . three-year letterwinner in baseball and two-year letterwinner in hockey . . . recorded all-state honors in hockey in 2007.
PERSONAL: Born July 25, 1989 . . . lists Derek Jeter as his favorite athlete . . . father is his biggest baseball influence . . . son of Robin and Ruth Hook.
HOOK'S CAREER STATS
Hits: 4, twice (last vs. Indiana, 5/13/11)
Runs: 2, three times (last vs. Miami-OH, 2/24/12)
RBI: 4, twice
Doubles: 1, 12 times
Home Runs: 1, three times