Spartans ready for tough road challenge.
Three-run third pushes Mavs past MSU.
VanVossen goes 6.2 innings and strikes out two.
Spartans set to take on Houston Baptist, UT Arlington and Southeastern Louisiana.
Team effort powers MSU past New Mexico
Michigan State vs. Eastern Illinois, Feb. 28, 2014
2014 (JUNIOR): Academic All-Big Ten ... Had four games in which he recorded two doubles and his 16 on the season ranked fifth in the Big Ten ... Hit .234 with a .322 on-base percentage ... His .993 fielding percentage was the best of any position player on the team, while his 454 chances were the fourth most in the Big Ten ... Belted three home runs, all of which came in Big Ten play ... Drew four walks against Minnesota (3/30) ... Started 55 games ... Had a hit in each of the first five games of the season, his first of four five-game hitting streaks.
SUMMER 2013: Named a Northwoods League All-Star while playing for the Lakeshore Chinooks . . . led the Chinooks with seven homers and ranked second on the team with 39 RBIs while batting .282.
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . ranked among the team leaders in hits (third with 55), doubles (tied for third with 11), RBIs (tied for fourth with 25) and batting (fifth with .288 average) . . . played in 50 games, including 48 starts at first base . . . hit .538 (7-for-13) with three RBIs and three runs in the sweep at Santa Clara (3/15-16) . . . hit a solo home run in the win over Oakland on March 23 . . . collected six hits in the Indiana series as the Spartans swept the Big Ten Champion Hoosiers.
SUMMER 2012: Played for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League . . . hit .264 with two homers, 26 RBIs and six doubles in 48 games.
2012 (FRESHMAN): Started 45 games at first base and four at designated hitter . . . tied for third on the team with three home runs . . . ranked sixth on the team with a .293 batting average and seventh with 28 RBIs . . . ranked fourth on the team in walks (21) and on-base percentage (.387) . . . had 14 multi-hit games . . . collected eight doubles . . . hit .344 (21-for-61) with runners in scoring position . . . hit .429 (3-for-7) in MSU's two NCAA Tournament games against Pepperdine and Fresno State . . . named to Big Ten All-Tournament Team after hitting .364 (4-for-11) with four RBIs in four games . . . hit his third homer of the season against Penn State on May 18 . . . named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on April 16 after batting .619 (13-for-21) in MSU's five games during the week (vs. Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Indiana) . . . went 4-for-6 with three RBIs in win at Central Michigan (4/18) . . . hit an inside-the-park homer at No. 5 Texas A&M (3/4) . . . hit his first collegiate homer vs. Furman (2/25).
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in baseball under Coach Paul Schneider at Portage High School . . . selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (40th round, No. 1217 overall) . . . ranked the No. 3 player in Michigan and one of the top 500 players in the nation according to Perfect Game . . . rated the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2011 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . played on the West Team at the 2011 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park . . . hit .479 with 16 doubles, six triples, five home runs and 50 RBIs his senior year as he led the Mustangs to the Division I semifinals . . . played first base and outfield . . . named to both the 2011 MHSBCA Dream Team as well as The Detroit News Dream Team . . . garnered 2011 MHSBCA Division 1 All-State First Team accolades . . . named to the MHSBCA 2010 Division 1 All-State Second Team as a junior after hitting .474 with two homers and 45 RBIs . . . also named all-district, all-region and academic all-district . . . earned all-district and all-region honors his sophomore year while driving in a school record 69 runs . . . also hit .513 with five homers that season . . . batted .555 with one home run and 12 RBIs as a freshman . . . selected to the Perfect Game National Showcase in Tampa, Fla. . . . selected to represent Team USA as part of the Great Lakes Team . . . also earned three letters playing football as a tight end and one playing basketball . . . earned all-conference honors both his sophomore and junior seasons playing football, and was named a captain as a senior.
PERSONAL: Son of Joseph and Robyn Krill . . . father played football at Western Michigan . . . born March 17, 1993.