MSU had 112 student-athletes recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Michigan State had a season-high 16 runs and Jimmy Pickens had four RBIs.
Blaise Salter went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Michigan State.
Chase Rihtarchik earns his fourth straight win, he allowed just three hits and one run.
A sellout crowd of 3,018 fans were on hand for the Big Ten home opener.
2012 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in five games out of the bullpen . . . pitched 4 1/3 innings and compiled an 8.31 ERA . . . struck out two batters in one inning of work against Louisville (2/19) in his collegiate debut . . . fanned three in 1 1/3 innings at Cincinnati (3/18) in MSU's 9-4 win.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner as a centerfielder and pitcher under Coach Jim Crosby at Birmingham Groves High School . . . rated the No. 7 prospect for the Class of 2011 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . served as a captain his senior year and led Groves to a 24-7 overall record and a 13-3 league record to win the Oakland Activities Association/Blue Division title . . . earned 2011 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 1 All-State Second Team accolades . . . went 8-2 with a 0.83 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 18 walks in 42 innings pitched as a senior . . . also batted .403 with 24 RBI and 30 walks at the plate . . . ranked the No. 4 player in Oakland County by the Daily Tribune . . . named to the OAA Blue Division First Team and the All-Oakland County Team . . . played for the 18-under Michigan Red Sox in 2010, helping the team win the Motor City Pride Tournament and the AABC District Tournament while going 4-1 at the Perfect Game Tournament in East Cobb, Ga. . . . earned all-league, all-county, all-district and all-region honors as a junior and was chosen team captain . . . led his team in runs (36), walks (28) and stolen bases (31) in 2010 while batting .400 . . . on the mound as a junior, collected five wins, four saves and struck out 65 batters in 47 innings pitched while compiling a 1.01 ERA . . . also a four-year letterwinner in water polo and a two-year letterwinner in basketball . . . two-time all-state selection in water polo and earned All-America honors as a junior.
PERSONAL: Son of David and Debbie Mestdagh . . . born Feb. 14, 1993 . . . finance major . . . chose Michigan State over several schools, including Michigan, Purdue and Creighton.
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