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Michigan State 2, Illinois 1; May 21, 2014, Omaha, Nebraska
2014 (JUNIOR): Third-Team All-Big Ten selection and winner of the team's Robin Roberts Most Valuable Pitcher award ... Finished the season with an 8-3 record a 2.82 ERA in team-high 15 starts... His 2.82 ERA ranked 10th in the Big Ten ... Nine of VanVossen's 15 starts were quality starts, going at least six innings and allowing three or fewer earned runs ... Held opposing batters to a .227 batting average, the fourth best mark in the Big Ten ... He recorded 10 strikeouts in consecutive starts, throwing a complete-game shutout vs. Siena (March 5) and then holding Purdue (April 11) to three runs in seven innings of work the following week ... His 99.0 innings of work were the third most in the conference ... Finished the year with a team-high 77 Ks, ranking third in the Big Ten ... Earned wins in his last two starts of the season, securing the Spartans' a spot in the Big Ten Tournament by tossing 7.2 scoreless-innings in a win at Penn State (5/16) and then holding Illinois to just one run in the opening game of the conference tourney (5/21).
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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