Team White holds on to win 6-5, with game-ending play at the plate to deny game-tying run
The 2018 Spartans established a new team school record for stolen bases, swiping an even 100 for the season, topping the 98 base swipes by the 2005 squad. MSU led the Big Ten and ranked 10th in the NCAA with 1.92 stolen bases per game, while the 100 stolen bases led the B1G and ranked 14th in the nation. Michigan State wasla also second in the B1G in stolen base attempts (128), while also ranking fourth in the league in triples (13).
Additionally, sophomore outfielder Bryce Kelley broke the MSU single-season stolen base record with 33, surpassing former teammate Brandon Hughes' previous record of 30 set a season ago. Kelley was third in the NCAA in stolen bases per game (0.66), while the 33 base swipes ranked tied for 10th in the country.
Under Keur’s tutelage in 2017, MSU was second in the Big Ten in stolen base attempts (123), along with ranking third in stolen bases (96). The 96 stolen bases was the second-most in school history. Brandon Hughes led the Big Ten and ranked eighth in the NCAA with 30 stolen bases, breaking the MSU single-season record, also leading the league and ranking third in the nation with 0.63 stolen bases per game. Keur also mentored outfielder Bryce Kelley, who earned Freshman All-American accolades and was on the B1G All-Freshman Team after he led MSU with a .353 batting average overall, ranking third in the B1G. Kelley ended the season on a 13-game overall hitting streak, which started a day after his previous 13-game hitting streak was halted, finishing the season with a hit in 26 of last 27 games and 29 in 31 games.
Keur started over 150 games and posted a career .315 batting average as four-year letterwinner at Michigan State from 2010-13.
As team captain his senior season, Keur led the team with a .337 average and 20 RBI, before tearing his Achilles. Despite the injury, Keur was awarded MSU’s Kirk Gibson Offensive Player of the Year award.
An All-Big Ten First Team honoree as a junior, Keur started all 60 games and led MSU to a NCAA Regional appearance. He also paced the Spartans in numerous hitting categories including: batting average (.353), hits (89) and multi-hit games (31). His 89 hits rank as the fourth-highest single season total in MSU history and ranked second in the conference that year. He was also among the Big Ten leaders in on-base percentage (.432) and runs (47). He finished out the season by being named team MVP and Academic All-Big Ten.
Keur played in 53 games as a sophomore in 2011, helping MSU to the Big Ten Championship.
Following his playing career, Keur graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in advertising. He played professionally for the Washington Wild Things.
Keur was also an assistant at Eastern Michigan for the 2015 season under former MSU assistant coach and current EMU head coach Mark Van Ameyde after playing for him at Michigan State. Keur then returned to MSU in August 2015 to join the Spartan staff.
THE KEUR FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Fourth Season.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: Volunteer Assistant Coach at Eastern Michigan (2015).
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Michigan State in 2013.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Four-year letterwinner at Michigan State (2010-13).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Player - 2012 NCAA Regionals.
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