Byars was named the Spartans’ Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Jordan Zimmerman earns MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors.
MSU plays OSU again Sunday morning with the winner advancing to the championship game.
Jordan Zimmerman goes 2-for-5 with a home run to lead MSU.
Five-run sixth inning propels MSU to victory in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
2017 (SENIOR):Started 47 games at catcher, missing five games due to injury ... Batted .271 with 25 RBI ... Ranked third on the team and tied for 13th in the B1G with 14 doubles ... Tallied four home runs and on triple ... Belted two home runs in three game series vs. Fresno State April 8-9 ... Posted a .440 slugging percentage and a .383 on base percentage ... Ranked second on the team and tied for 12th in the B1G with 30 walks ... Had a season-long hit streak of 10 games from March 18 - April 9 ... Had a season-long on base streak of 15 games from March 18 - April 15 ... Defensively, threw out 12 base stealers, ranking tied for fourth in the B1G overall, as well as five in conference games, ranking tied for sixth.
PRIOR TO MSU: Played two seasons at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill. ... Hit .364 with 28 RBI in 2015 ... Played in 27 games in 2014, hitting .316 with three triples and 17 RBI.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for Coach Kip Nordstrom at Lodi High School in Lodi, Wisc. ... Won the Division II state championship as a senior, hitting .400 ... Named team captain as a junior and senior ... All-conference selection in 2012 and 2013 ... Lettered in wrestling during his senior year.
PERSONAL: Born July 31, 1995 ... Son of Jeff and Christine Byars ... Grandpa, Chuck Byars, played quarterback at Georgia.