Jimmy Pickens hit a triple in the ninth to propel MSU to the victory.
Michigan State is currently in seventh in the Big Ten.
Mick VanVossen gave up just four hits in his fourth win of the season.
The last two Big Ten series will be on the road.
Junior catcher Joel Fisher hit a three-run homer in the eighth to win it for the Spartans on Senior Day.
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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