Jimmy Pickens and Blaise Salter combine for six RBI's to power MSU past Utah
Four-run fifth inning sparks MSU.
Four-run fifth inning sparks MSU.
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 Two-year letterwinner enters his second season in the weekend rotation . . . owns a 9-2 career record with a 3.16 ERA in 122 1/3 innings pitched . . . opponents have compiled just a .238 batting average against him.
SUMMER 2013: Playing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the Newport Gulls, helped the Gulls reached the NECBL Championship Series after going 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings pitched.
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared and started in 11 games, finishing with a 5-2 record . . . pitched 75 2/3 innings, third most on the team . . . struck out 32 total batters over the season . . . recorded the third-lowest opponent batting average on the team (.216) . . . finished the season with an ERA of 2.97 . . . pitched a complete game shutout versus Ohio State (3/31) . . . struck out six batters and allowed only one hit in his season debut versus Cincinnati (2/22) . . . picked up his final win of the season versus Penn State (5/18) while pitching eight innings and allowing only one earned run.
SUMMER 2012: Began his summer in Hawai'i and finished it in New England, pitching for the Falcon Commodores in the Cape Cod League . . . was impressive for the Oahu Paddlers in Hawai'i, going 3-2 with 29 strikeouts and a 2.93 ERA in 30 2/3 innings . . . for his summer showing, was named the top prospect in the Hawai'i League by Perfect Game.
2012 (FRESHMAN): True freshman was the team's top midweek starter . . . posted a 4-0 record with a 3.47 ERA in nine appearances and seven starts . . . went 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his seven starts . . . MSU was 6-1 in games he started . . . earned his first career collegiate victory by allowing just two runs, one earned, in 6 1/3 innings against Notre Dame on April 10 . . . threw five inninngs (5 H, 3 R, 2 K) in win over Western Michigan (4/17) . . . tossed a career-best 7 2/3 innings and struck out four while giving up just two runs in victory vs. Toledo (5/9) . . . allowed just two runs and five hits in seven innings to earn the win over Central Michigan at Comerica Park on May 15 . . . took a no decision against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament although he threw a career-high 8 2/3 innings and allowed just three runs, two earned.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in baseball under Coach Thad Abel at Forest Hills Central High School . . . selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (49th round, No. 1494 overall) . . . started for the West and pitched two scoreless innings in the 2011 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park . . . listed as the fourth-best player in Michigan by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . named to The Detroit News 2011 Dream Team (second team) after going 5-2 on the mound with a 1.75 ERA while striking out 78 batters in 48 innings . . . also had a .395 batting average with 26 RBIs, 23 runs and 13 doubles . . . three-time all-conference selection . . . named to the 2011 Advance All-Area Team . . . threw a no-hitter against Kenowa Hills, a game in which he also struck out 17 batters . . . went 5-1 on the mound as a junior with an ERA of 1.74 in 40.1 innings while striking out 59 and throwing two complete games . . . as a sophomore, compiled a perfect 6-0 record on the mound with a 3.41 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 49.1 innings of work . . . played summer baseball for the West Michigan Elite . . . also a two-year letterwinner in football and one year in skiing . . . named all-conference and a captain for football in 2010.
PERSONAL: Son of Mark and Lynn VanVossen . . . born Oct. 30, 1992 . . . plans to major in agribusiness . . . chose Michigan State over several schools, including Missouri, West Virginia, Michigan and Kentucky.
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