McCauley Named To Perfect Game’s Preseason All-Big Ten Team
Junior pitcher rang up 49 strikeouts last season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball junior pitcher Riley McCauley has been named to Perfect Game’s Preseason All-Big Ten Team.
McCauley, a junior right-hander from Sterling Heights, Michigan, is converting to a starting pitching role this season after being the Spartans’ closer last year, logging nine saves, which ranked tied for fourth in the B1G and tied for 44th in the NCAA. The nine saves tied for the third on the MSU single-season saves list (since 1986).
The Spartan hurler posted a 2.10 ERA in 25.2 IP with 49 strikeouts and 11 walks, and was 13th in the B1G in conference only against with 33 strikeouts in league play. McCauley also tied for third in both appearances and games in relief in conference only games with 13. He earned a save in his first five appearances, picking up his first career save in MSU’s 9-7 win at Abilene Christian (Feb. 18), with 1.2 IP, one strikeout and no earned runs. He also collected a pair of saves in back-to-back outings at UNC-Greensboro, in the 5-4 win on Feb. 24, with two Ks in 1.0 IP and the 22-16 victory on Feb. 25 with 1.1 IP with one K.
McCauley and the Spartans open the 2018 season on Feb. 16 in Fresno, California, with a four-game series at Fresno State to open a 54-game regular-season ledger.
Michigan State baseball will hold its 13th Annual First Pitch Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will begin at 12 p.m. with a silent auction and player autographs. Dinner and a formal program will follow at 1 p.m.
This year’s event will feature Major League Baseball All-Star Frank Tanana as the keynote speaker, while honoring Brian Storm as the Alumnus of the Year.
Tickets for the First Pitch Dinner range in price from $15 per person for children and students, $40 for Spartan baseball alumni, and $50 each for adults. Sponsored tables of eight are also available.