MSU had 113 student-athletes recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Jimmy Pickens named John Kobs Most Valuable Player.
Jimmy Pickens named second-team All-Big Ten.
Jimmy Pickens hit a triple in the ninth to propel MSU to the victory.
Michigan State is currently in seventh in the Big Ten.
AT A GLANCE
Named a Big Ten Player to Watch in 2013 . . . voted a captain by his teammates . . . three-year letterwinner has played in 149 games, including 125 starts . . . owns a .311 career batting average with 24 doubles, three homers and 58 RBIs . . . has a .383 career on-base percentage.
2012 (JUNIOR): All-Big Ten First Team selection . . . started all 60 games (49 starts in left field, 11 in center field) . . . outstanding defensive player with excellent range . . . led the team with a .353 batting average, which also ranked eighth in the Big Ten . . . also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in hits (second with 89), on-base percentage (fifth at .432) and runs (tied for eighth with 47) . . . his 89 hits ranked fourth most in a MSU single-season . . . led team with 31 multi-hit games . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI against Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament (5/25) . . . hit his first homer of the season with a solo shot against Nebraska in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament (5/23) . . . went 4-for-5 with a double in win over Minnesota (4/22) . . . collected four hits and two doubles in victory against Bowling Green (3/27) . . . went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs in win over Oakland (3/24) . . . hit .583 (7-for-12) in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
SUMMER 2011: Played for the Outer Banks Dare Devils in the Coastal Plains League.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Started 53 games in left field and played in 55 games overall . . . compiled a .260 batting average with one home run and 17 RBIs . . . collected 51 hits, including eight doubles, and scored 19 runs . . . ranked second in the Big Ten with 13 sacrifice bunts . . . hit the game-winning homer in the top of the 10th to lead MSU past Ohio State, 5-4, on April 15 in Columbus . . . excellent fielder made several diving catches in left field for the Spartans . . . had a career-high four hits against SIU-Edwardsville on March 5.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Started 12 games in left field and saw action in 34 games overall . . . hit .300 with one homer, two doubles and seven RBIs . . . scored 18 runs and had 18 hits . . . produced a .391 on-base percentage . . . went 3-for-5 with two runs in the 26-11 win over Iowa (4/4).
HIGH SCHOOL: Hit .451 as a senior en route to being named to the all-state Dream Team . . . garnered all-region, all-district and all-conference honors also as a senior . . . four-year letterwinner for Coach Dave VanNoord at Hudsonville High School as a junior, where he earned all-region, all-district and all-area first team honors . . . played in the 2009 Michigan High School East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park . . . also garnered all-conference accolades as a sophomore . . . on the football field, he was named all-conference as a sophomore and junior and also was named team MVP as a junior.
PERSONAL: Born June 20, 1990 in Grand Rapids . . . son of John and Sheryl . . . grandfather is his biggest baseball influence . . . Ken Griffey Jr. is his favorite athlete.