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.
MSU looks to build on 3-0 start.
Nebraska 3, Michigan State 2; May 22, 2014, Omaha, Nebraska
2014 (JUNIOR): First Team All-Big Ten selection ... Had a team-best .318 batting average ... Started and appeared in all but one of the Spartans' 57 games ... Finished the season among the Big Ten leaders in several offensive categories, including seventh in slugging percentage (.473), fourth in walks (34), fifth in on-base percentage (.427) and 12th in total bases (95) ... Had an MSU season-long, 13-game hitting streak from March 7 - April 2 where he hit .404 ... His best performance of the season came in a win over Eastern Illinois on March 2 where he went 4-for-4, including a double and home run, and drove in six runs ... The six RBIs tied for the highest-single game total by a player in the Big Ten in 2014 ... Recorded 19 multiple hit games and seven multiple RBI games ... Reached base in 25 consecutive games.
SUMMER 2013: Named to the Cape Cod All-League Team playing for the Chatham Anglers . . . led the Anglers and ranked tied for second in the CCL with seven home runs . . . also led the team in RBIs (23) and stolen bases (11) and ranked second in runs (20), third in hits (39), third in doubles (8) and fourth in batting (.307).
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten selection . . . named the team's John Kobs Most Valuable Player . . . also named the Kirk Gibson Co-Offensive Player of the Year . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoreee . . . started all 50 games . . . ranked first on the team in runs scored (39), RBIs (42), total bases (103), slugging percentage (.528) and home runs (9) . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in home runs (tied for third with 9), slugging (sixth at .528), RBIs (ninth with 42) and total bases (10th with 103) . . . hit .303 during the course of the season, including .313 in Big Ten play . . . ranked second on the team in doubles (13), triples (2), and walks (19) . . . led the team in multi-hit (20) and multi-RBI (11) games . . . had a six-game hitting streak between April 24 and May 4 where he was 10-for-25 with seven runs scored and 10 RBIs . . . was 2-for-4 with two runs and a season-high four RBIs versus Penn State (5/16) . . .. . . hit two doubles twice this season in games against Cincinnati (2/22) and Santa Clara (3/16) . . . had a team best four three-hit games this season against Cincinnati (2/22), Santa Clara (3/16), Western Michigan (4/9), and Illinois (5/3) . . . delivered walk-off hits in back-to-back games against No. 12 Indiana; in game two of the series on April 13, hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to clinch the 6-5 win, and in game three on April 14, hit a single in the bottom of the 11th in the 2-1 win that completed the sweep over Hoosiers.
SUMMER 2012: Played for the Alexandria Beetles in the Northwoods League . . . named to the North Division All-Star Team . . . led the Beetles with 14 doubles and tied for the team lead with 21 stolen bases in 45 games . . . also ranked fourth on the team in batting (.365), runs (37), homers (5) and RBIs (29).
2012 (FRESHMAN): Started 43 games in right field and saw action in 57 games . . . All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection . . . led team with six homers . . . compiled a .257 batting average . . . ranked third on the team with 35 RBIs . . . tied for the team lead with three triples . . . ranked fourth on the team in doubles (9) and slugging (.437) . . . had an RBI double in his first collegiate at-bat against preseason All-American Kyle Hansen of St. John's; went 2-for-4 with a run in the win over the 11th-ranked Red Storm on Opening Day (2/17) . . . recorded the game-winning RBI with a double in the top of the 13th in win over Michigan (4/8); his solo homer tied the game at 7 in the seventh inning . . . went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and six RBIs in win at Illinois on May 4 . . . went 2-for-4 against Pepperdine (6/1) in the NCAA Regionals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (41st round, No. 1247 overall) . . . four-year letterwinner under Coach Bob Riker at Brother Rice High School . . . played for the U22 Michigan Bulls in the Livonia Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2011 . . . ranked the No. 6 player in Michigan and one of the top 500 players in the nation according to Perfect Game . . . rated the No. 15 prospect for the Class of 2011 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . named to the 2011 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 1 All-State Second Team . . . named to The Detroit News 2011 All-Metro Team and the All-Oakland County Team . . . as a senior in 2011, led his team to a 28-8 record and a district title while batting .385 with eight homers, 36 RBIs, 45 runs and 23 stolen bases . . . ranked the No. 3 player in Oakland County by the Daily Tribune . . . as a junior, named to the MHSBCA and Detroit Free Press 2010 Dream Team and Division 1 All-State Team as he hit .418 with five homers and 31 RBIs . . . also compiled a .581 on-base percentage, .819 slugging percentage and stole 19 bases . . . as a sophomore in 2009, batted .364 with six home runs, 41 RBIs and 21 stolen bases . . . as a freshman in 2008, was the starting catcher on the Brother Rice team that went 34-6 and claimed the Division 1 state championship; went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a triple in the 8-0 win over Saline in the state title game . . . also earned four letters in football as a running back and free safety . . . rushed for 823 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior in 2009 as Brother Rice advanced to the MHSAA Division 2 state semifinals . . . elected a football captain in 2010 and helped the Warriors win the Catholic League A/B Division championship at Ford Field . . . also a basketball letterwinner.
PERSONAL: Son of Roger and Sharon Pickens . . . born March 18, 1992 . . . kinesiology major . . . his brother, Doug, was a catcher at Michigan and is currently in the Cleveland Indians minor league system . . . brother, Matt, played football at Western Michigan (2006-09) . . . chose Michigan State over Michigan, Louisville and Tennessee.