Junior first baseman Jordan Zimmerman enters the weekend riding a 15-game hitting streak, batting .491 with 15 runs and 13 RBI during the stretch.
MSU is 5-2 in B1G Openers under head coach Jake Boss.
Spartans look to build on best start in school history.
Spartans look to build on best start in school history since 1992.
MSU looks to build on 6-0 start.
2014 (RS-JUNIOR): Set the school record and led the Big Ten with 13 saves ... Made 30 appearances out of the bullpen, the most on the team and third most in the Big Ten ... Finished the season 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA... Gave up multiple hits in just seven of his 30 appearances ... Struck out 22 hitters and walked 13 in 36.2 innings ... His best performance of the season came in an extended-relief role during the Big Ten Tournament as he threw 6 1/3 innings to help MSU defeat Illinois, 11-2, and advance to the semifinals ... Picked up saves in each of his first three appearances of the season and then earned his fourth in a 4-1 win over No. 21 TCU (3/8) ... Four of his final five saves of the season came in Big Ten play, including one each game of the final regular-season series at Penn State.
2013 (JUNIOR): Suffered blood clots and was sidelined for the season in mid-March after appearing in nine games as a reliever . . . received a medical redshirt . . . pitched a season-high three innings versus Western Carolina (2/22) and recorded a career-high seven strikeouts . . . had 20 strikeouts in just 14.2 innings all season . . . averaged a team high 12.27 strikeouts per nine innings . . . finished the season with a 4.30 ERA.
SUMMER 2012: Helped lead the Columbia Blowfish to the Coastal Plains League Petitt Cup Championship . . . during the regular season for the Blowfish before the playoff run, Kinley fanned 23 batters in 24 innings of work and was 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Tied for team lead with six wins, all out of the bullpen . . . also had two holds . . . ranked third on the team with a 2.47 ERA . . . opponents hit just .220 against him in 47.1 innings of work . . . second on the team with 22 appearances . . . gave up only three runs in Big Ten play (1.17 ERA) . . . threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief in NCAA Regional first-round game against Pepperdine (6/1) . . . earned saves vs. Toledo (5/9) and Penn State (5/19) . . . threw 3.2 shutout frames at Illinois (5/5) to record sixth win of the season . . . tossed 4.1 shutout innings and allowed only one hit to earn his fifth win of the year in the 11-inning victory over Minnesota (4/21) . . . struck out a career-high six and gave up just two hits in 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn victory against Ohio State (4/2) . . . pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win against Central Michigan (3/28) . . . earned his first career win by allowing just one unearned run in 4.0 innings of relief while striking out four in MSU's 11-inning win at Furman (2/25).
SUMMER 2011: Played with the Lake Erie Monarchs in the Great Lakes Collegiate League.
2011 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in 25 games, including 21 starts (19 in right field, two in left field) . . . hit .237 (18-for-76) with five RBIs . . . collected 18 hits, including four doubles and a triple . . . scored eight runs . . . drove in two runs in win over Michigan (3/27) . . . had a season-high three hits against SIU-Edwardsville (3/4) . . . also made six appearances on the mound in relief, pitching 6.2 innings . . . opponents hit just .174 against him (lefties: .077, 1-for-13).
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for Coach Bob Andrzywski at Saginaw Heritage High School . . . named to the 2010 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 1 All-State First Team . . . selected to play in the annual MHSBCA All-Star Classic at Comerica Park . . . led the Hawks to the state semifinals as a senior . . . in the regional semifinals against Alpena, gave up only four hits and struck out 14 batters, including six in a row at one point, in Heritage's 4-0 win . . . two-time Saginaw Valley League MVP . . . earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and senior, and garnered second-team accolades as a sophomore . . . as a junior, struck out 74 in 51.2 innings, walking just 25 and allowing 34 hits and 13 earned runs for a 1.76 ERA . . . hit .483 with 10 doubles, four triples, three homers and 35 RBIs while scoring 38 runs . . . compiled a .747 slugging percentage and .607 on-base percentage . . . two-time captain . . . three-time academic all-league selection . . . also lettered in basketball.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 15, 1992 . . . son of Patrick and Donna Kinley.