MSU and Maryland will meet for the first time in program history.
MSU 3, NU 2
MSU returns 22 players from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
David Garner (Cape Cod League), Jimmy Pickens (Northwoods League) and Mike Theodore (Alaska League) earn all-star recognition.
Junior second baseman led the Big Ten with 92 hits.
AT A GLANCE
Three-year letterwinner was selected in the 13th round (No. 418 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants . . . became the highest drafted second baseman in the history of the program since the inception of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in 1965 (previous high: Cordell Ross, 18th round, 1984) . . . first Spartan second baseman to earn All-Big Ten honors three times (2010: second team; 2011: first team; 2012: second team) . . . finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in doubles (second with 46), hits (third with 240) and runs (sixth with 147) . . . played in 165 career games, including 163 starts at second base . . . finished his career with a .358 batting average . . . had a 33-game school-record hitting streak in 2011 (March 5 to May 10), tied for longest in the nation that season . . . was named the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
2012 (JUNIOR): Started all 60 games at second base . . . collected a Big Ten-best 92 hits, which ranked third most in an MSU single-season . . . second on the team with a .352 batting average . . . had three homers and 38 RBIs . . . led team with 52 runs and 16 doubles . . . named to the ABCA All-Mideast Region First Team . . . second-team All-Big Ten selection . . . finished among the Big Ten leaders in 10 offensive categories, including hits (first with 92), at-bats (first with a school-record 261), sacrifice flies (tied for second with 6), runs (third with 52), total bases (fourth with 123), doubles (fifth with 16), walks (sixth with 35), batting (ninth at .352), on-base percentage (ninth at .422) and triples (tied for 10th with 3) . . . tied for the team lead with 18 two-out RBIs and 10 multiple RBI games, and ranked second with 25 multi-hit games . . . hit .378 (31-for-82) in the seventh inning or later . . . an excellent defensive player, ranked second in the Big Ten with a school-record 188 assists . . . tied a career high with five hits against Seton Hall (3/10) and Indiana (4/15).
2011 SUMMER: Named to the Cape Cod League All-Star Team while playing for the Brewster Whitecaps . . . finished 17th in the Cape Cod League with a .283 average during the 44-game regular season . . . also had 16 runs, six doubles and 11 RBIs . . . in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game at Fenway Park on July 29, Jones had a hit and scored a run.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): First-team All-Big Ten selection . . . became the first Spartan second baseman to garner first-team All-Big Ten honors in 36 years (Joe Palamara, 1975) . . . hit .344 with one homer and 29 RBIs . . . had a school-record 33-game hitting streak, which last from March 5 to May 10 . . . reached base safely in 46 straight games (March 4 to May 26) . . . ranked among the Big Ten Top 10 leaders in runs scored (first with 62), on-base percentage (second at .442), walks (second with 34), assists (second with 158), doubles (tied for second with 18), hits (tied for eighth with 75) and batting (tied for 10th at .344) . . . ranked among MSU's Top 10 single-season leaders in runs scored (fourth with 62) and doubles (tied for fifth with 18) . . . hit .378 in Big Ten games . . . fourth on the team with 23 multi-hit games, including five three-hit games . . . hit 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs in MSU's 7-1 win over Purdue in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament . . . went 2-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs, including a three-run homer, at Illinois (4/24).
2010 SUMMER: Named the No. 13 prospect in the Great Lakes Collegiate League by Perfect Game . . . earned first-team All-Great Lakes League accolades playing for the Southern Ohio Copperheads, ranking third in the league with a .385 average.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Became second Spartan in program history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year . . . earned Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball . . . second-team All-Big Ten selection . . . also named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team . . . started 48 of 50 games at second base . . . finished the season second on the team and sixth in the Big Ten with a .380 batting average . . . tied for team lead with 14 multi-RBI games . . . third on the team with 21 multi-hit games and had 11 games with at least three hits . . . third on the team with 73 hits . . . hit 12 doubles, four triples and one homer . . . collected 37 RBIs and scored 33 runs . . . compiled a .429 on-base percentage . . . went 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Samford (3/9) . . . went 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs vs. Central Michigan (3/31) . . . scored a season-high four runs and also had three hits in the second game of the Minnesota series (4/10) . . . went 5-for-5 with three runs and a homer in win over Indiana (5/15).
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for Coach Jeff Woodworth . . . named to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team for three consecutive seasons . . . Division 2 all-State honoree . . . hit .594 with 43 RBIs as a senior . . . elected captain as a sophomore, junior and senior . . . played in the East-West All-Star game at Comerica Park as a senior . . . also a three-year letterwinner in basketball.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 8, 1990 . . . lists Chipper Jones as his favorite athlete . . . son of Randy and the late Debbie Jones.
JONES' CAREER HIGHS:
Hits: 5, three times
Runs: 4, vs. Minnesota (4/10/10)
RBI: 5, vs. Illinois (4/24/11)
Doubles: 3, vs. Purdue (5/26/11)
Home Runs: 1, five times
JONES' CAREER STATS