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Spartans Head To Minnesota For Dairy Queen Classic/B1G-Pac 12 Challenge

March 1, 2018

MICHIGAN STATE (2-5, 0-0 B1G) at DQ Classic/B1G-Pac 12 Challenge
Location U.S. Bank Stadium || Minneapolis, Minn.
Game Notes Michigan State | Washington | UCLA | Arizona | Challenge Central
Game 1 Friday, March 2 - 4 p.m. ET  - vs. Washington
Probable Pitching Matchup  MSU: RHP #4 Riley McCauley (JR) (0-15.06 ERA) vs. UW: RHP #24 Joe DeMers (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
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Game 2 Saturday, March 3 - 12 p.m. ET  - vs. No. 11 UCLA
Probable Pitching Matchup RHP #7 Ethan Landon (JR) (0-1, 2.38 ERA) vs. UCLA: RHP #11 Jon Olsen (JR) (1-0, 2.84 ERA)
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Game 3 Sunday, March 4 - 11 a.m. ET  - vs. Arizona
Probable Pitching Matchup MSU: RHP #30 Mason Erla (RS-FR) (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. UA: TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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Leading Off
Michigan State baseball begins its seven games in 10-day Spring Break trip by heading to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Dairy Queen Classic/Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge at US Bank Stadium, home of Super Bowl LII, Friday-Sunday, March 2-4. The Spartans open against Washington on Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m. ET. They then take on No. 11 UCLA on Saturday, March 3 at Noon, before wrapping up against Arizona on Sunday, March 4 at 11 a.m.

Following this weekend’s action, MSU makes its annual trek to Greenville, S.C., for four games at historic Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive. The Spartans open action in the Palmetto State by playing No. 10 Clemson on Wednesday, March 7. Michigan State then hosts the ninth-annual First Pitch Invitational on Friday-Sunday, March 9-11. The Spartans lead off action against Furman on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m., then take on Big Ten Conference foe Illinois on Saturday, March 10 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m., with the weekend schedule subject to change.

• All three games this weekend in Minneapolis will have live stats via “GameTracker” links found at MSUSpartans.com.

• Owner/President of the Greenville Drive is MSU alum Craig Brown, who was the 2016 Alumnus of the Year at the Michigan State Baseball First Pitch Dinner in 2016.

Limited Series History Against The Pac-12
Michigan State has a limited history against Pac-12 opponents, including just seven games against this weekend’s opposition. The Spartans are 1-2 against Washington, 0-3 vs. UCLA and 1-0 against Arizona. Overall, MSU is 10-9 against Pac-12 teams.

Series Breakdown
Michigan State vs. Washington
Overall: 1-2 / Home: 0-0 / Away: 0-0 / Neutral: 1-2 / Series Streak: UW W2
First Met: Feb. 22, 1992 - El Paso, Texas - MSU, 13-12
Last Meeting: Feb. 23, 2014 - Surprise, Ariz. - UW, 4-1

Michigan State vs. UCLA
Overall: 0-3 / Home: 0-0 / Away: 0-3 / Neutral: 0-0 / Series Streak: UCLA W3
First Met: Feb. 25, 2015 - Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA, 14-2
Last Meeting: Feb. 29, 2015 - Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA, 4-1 (5)

Michigan State vs. Arizona
Overall: 1-0 / Home: 0-0 / Away: 0-0 / Neutral: 1-0 / Series Streak: MSU W1
First Met: June 11, 1954 - Omaha, Neb. (CWS) - MSU, 2-1
Last Meeting: June 11, 1954 - Omaha, Neb. (CWS) - MSU, 2-1

Head Coach Jake Boss Jr. Closing In On 300
MSU head coach Jake Boss, Jr., won his 300th career game as a collegiate head coach last season, and is nearing his 300th win at the helm of the Spartans. In his 10th season as the MSU head coach, Boss has a 295-208 (.586) record, coaching his 500th game leading the Spartans in the opening weekend at Fresno State. Boss is also in his 11th overall season as a collegiate head coach and has a 320-242 (.569) ledger. Boss would become the fifth head coach in the Spartans’ history to reach the 300-win plateau.

Nail-Biters
Just like last season, Spartan fans may have paid for their entire seat, but they have only needed the edge of them so far this season, as four of MSU’s first seven games of the 2018 season have been 1-run games, with the Spartans posting a 1-3 mark in those four 1-run contests. Last season, Michigan State was involved in a total of 17 1-run games, as well as three 2-run games. MSU was 5-12 in 1-run games and 3-0 in 2-run contests.

Erla 10 Innings Big Ten Freshman Of The Week
Spartans redshirt-freshman pitcher Mason Erla was the 10 Innings Big Ten Freshman of the Week after his performance in Michigan State’s 1-0 win at Pepperdine on Sunday. Erla went 5.0 IP with four strikeouts and allowed just two hits with no walks, retiring the last 11 of 13 batters faced to earn his first collegiate win.

McCauley-ing Lots of Strikes
MSU junior pitcher Riley McCauley fired a career-high 12 strikeouts in the loss at Fresno State in his first-ever start on Feb. 16. After making 25 relief appearances last season, McCauley made the first start of his career and went 6.0 complete, allowing just one run on two hits, walking two and firing a career-high 12 strikeouts. McCauley becomes the first MSU pitcher with 12+ Ks since Cam Vieaux chalked up 13 vs. UConn, March 15, 2015.

McCauley’s 12 strikeouts is currently the most in a single-game so far this season in the Big Ten, and the Spartan hurler also leads the B1G with 18 total strikeouts this season, ranking 33rd in the NCAA .

McCauley also leads the Big Ten and ranked tied for 30th in the NAA in K/9 innings with 15.19. He is also tied for 11th in the conference innings pitched with 10.2.

Landon-ing It In The Strike Zone
Spartan senior hurler Ethan Landon also rang up a career-high strikeouts, posting nine punchouts in 6.2 IP at Fresno State on Feb. 17, adding six Ks at Pepperdine on Feb. 24. Landon’s nine strikeout outing was his most strikeouts since six Ks last season, which also came against Fresno State and also in the second game of a doubleheader, on April 8, 2017 at Grand Rapids.

Landon leads the league and is one of 63 pitchers in the NCAA with a 0.00 walks allowed per nine average. The Spartan veteran is also tied for third in the B1G with 15 strikeouts, tied for the 11th-most in the NCAA, ranking tied for 74th overall.

Landon also is tied for seventh in the B1G in ERA, currently at 2.38, as well as tied for fifth in innings pitched at 11.1.

Erla Returns
MSU redshirt-freshman pitcher Mason Erla has made a smashing return to action from a season-ending injury last February. Erla has been extra effective in his two starts, most recently going 5.0 IP with four strikeouts and allowing just two hits while not walking anyone in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Pepperdine, retiring the last 11 of 13 batters faced to earn his first win as a college pitcher. Erla now has 10.0 IP with eight strikeouts, spraying eight hits, in his two games this season after returning to action from a season-ending injury last February.

Noneski By Tyranksi
MSU sophomore relief pitcher Mitchell Tyranski is one of 103 pitchers in the NCAA with a 0.00 ERA, as Tyranski has zero runs allowed in three appearances, going 7.0 IP with just two hits allowed while firing eight strikeouts. Tyranski earned his first collegiate victory in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Pepperdine, going 4.1 IP, grounding the Waves’ bats allowing just one hit, while striking out five and walking just one, in picking up his first win of his career.

Bullish ‘Pen
Contrary to the warm Malibu sunshine at Pepperdine, MSU’s bullpen was lights out, as the Spartan relievers didn’t allow a run in 11.2 IP, striking out 11, while allowing just two hits. Through seven games, the Spartan relievers have allowed just seven runs in 22.0 IP, with 23 strikeouts.

Chalking Up The Ks
Michigan State’s pitching staff fired a season-high 17 strikeouts in the 5-4 loss at Fresno State on Feb. 16, the Spartans’ most Ks since firing 19 punchouts vs. Campbell on March 17, 2017.

Kingly Start
Freshman infielder Ryan King has had a smashing Spartan debut, leading the team and ranking seventh in the B1G with a .381 average (8-for-21) with one double and one run scored.

Two-Run Thunder
Michigan State has five home runs so far this season and four of them are of the 2-run variety, including three in the opening weekend, adding one at Pepperdine. Senior designated hitter Chad Roskelly belted the Spartans’ first home run of the season, blasting a two-run home run to left field in the eighth inning, capping a four-run frame for the Spartans.

All four of MSU’s runs in the 5-4 loss at Fresno State on Feb. 18 came via the long ball, with a pair of two-run home runs by junior third baseman Marty Bechina and senior first baseman Zack McGuire.

Bechina added a two-run round-tripper at Pepperdine on Feb. 24, after Roskelly had a solo shot the day before. Bechina and Roskelly share the team lead with two home runs each, ranking tied for seventh in the B1G.

Streaking Spartans
Junior third baseman/outfielder Marty Bechina takes a four-game hitting streak into the weekend, needing one more to tie freshman infielder Ryan King, whose five-game hitting streak was halted on Sunday at Pepperdine ... junior catcher Nic Lacayo has a three-game hitting streak, while three other Spartans have a hit in the last two games ... Bechina also has the longest active streak of reaching base, with four, one shy of King’s team-leading five-straight games ... Lacayo, junior outfielder Dan Chmielewsk and sophomore infielder Bailey Peterson have safely reached base in the last three games played.

Sweet Sixth And Exciting Eighth
Of Michigan State’s 20 runs scored so far this season, a combined 14 runs have been scored in the sixth and eighth innings, with the Spartans scoring six runs in the sixth and five in the eighth frame. Those numbers are bolstered by the Spartans’ four-run eighth inning of game one of the weekend at Fresno State, adding one run in Saturday’s first game of the doubleheader. MSU had a big sixth inning on Saturday at Pepperdine, plating four runs. The Spartans also plated two runs in the sixth frame at Fresno State on Feb. 18.

Swiping ‘Em Up
Michigan State is second in the B1G and 25th in the NCAA in stolen bases with 13, boosted by swiping five in the second game of the doubleheader at Fresno State on Feb. 17. Sophomore utility player Justin Antoncic stole two bags, while sophomore outfielders Bryce Kelley and Dan Chmielewski along with freshman infielder Zach Iverson all stole one apiece.

Individually, Kelley and sophomore outfielder Danny Gleaves are tied for 14th in the B1G with three stolen bases, while Antoncic has two.

Scouting Washington
The Huskies bring a 4-3 record into the weekend, after winning a three-game series with UC Riverside, taking the opener of a doubleheader on Feb. 24, 8-0 behind a perfect game by junior Joe DeMers, who is slated as Friday’s starter vs. MSU. DeMers needed just 84 pitches to retire all 27 Highlanders’ hitters in order. DeMers, who was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, tied a career-high with nine strikeouts, as he has yet to allow an earned run in 15 innings pitched this season. Washington then beat UC Riverside, 5-2, in the second game of the DH, before dropping the series finale, 6-3 on Sunday.

Senior first baseman Joe Wainhouse leads the Huskies hitting .368 with three RBI and one triple. Junior outfielder Mason Cerrillo is hitting .350 with one double, while junior infielder AJ Graffanino has a .333 average with a team-leading 10 hits, including one double and one triple, with four RBI. Sophomore catcher Nick Kahle leads UW with six RBI.

Along with DeMers, the Husky pitching staff is anchored by senior reliever Alex Hardy, who has two saves on the young season, with eight strikeouts while allowing just four hits and no runs in 5.1 IP.

Washington head coach Lindsay Meggs is in his ninth year at the leash of the Huskies’ program, posting a 234-216-1 record at UW. Meggs has a career ledger of 849-523-5 in his 25th season as a collegiate head coach.

Scouting UCLA
The 11th-ranked Bruins are 7-1 on the season coming off a 12-2 win at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. After opening the season 5-0, the Bruins suffered their first loss of the season on Feb. 24 with an 8-6 loss to Baylor.

Sophomore first baseman Michael Toglia and sophomore infielder Chase Strumpf lead UCLA with identical .433 averages. Toglia has three HR and 10 RBI, while Strumpf has two HR and 14 RBI, also topping the team with five doubles.

On the mound, freshman Zach Pettway and junior Brian Gadsby are both 2-0, with Pettway posting a 0.69 ERA, while Gadsby has a 2.08 ERA with 10 strikeouts. Freshman reliever Holden Powell has a team-best two saves.

UCLA head coach John Savage is in his 14th season leading the Bruins, logging a 456-329-1 record. Overall, Savage is in his 17th season as a head coach, tallying a 544-413-2 mark.

Scouting Arizona
The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 5-3 record, alternating a loss-win pattern over their last four games, including a 9-5 win over Michigan on Feb. 25, before losing at San Diego at Feb. 25, 5-3, but bouncing back to beat New Mexico State, 5-4, on Tuesday.

Junior catcher Cesar Salazar leads UA with a .346 average with six RBI, while junior first baseman Alfonso Rivas is hitting .333 with a team-leading 10 RBI.

Arizona’s pitching staff is led by junior lefty Avery Weems, who has a 14.1 IP with a 1.26 ERA with a 1-1 record and 10 strikeouts. Junior righty Cody Deason is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 IP with nine Ks, while sophomore left-hander Randy Labaut is 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 12.2 IP with a team-leading 12 strikeouts. Senior right-handed reliever Tylor Megill has a team-best three saves, tallying a 1.23 ERA with 10 Ks in 7.1 IP.

Wildcats’ head coach Jay Johnson is in his third year as head coach at Arizona, logging a 164-90 ledger. Johnson is in his sixth season as a head coach, tallying a 164-90 record.

Three MSU Baseball Players Collect Big Ten Preseason Plaudits
Michigan State had three players on the Big Ten Conference Preseason Players to Watch List, as the conference announced its preseason honors list and preseason poll on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The league’s coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three student-athletes from their own squads to a Preseason Honors list.

MSU Preseason Honorees included sophomore outfielder/pitcher Bryce Kelley, senior pitcher Jake Lowery and junior pitcher Riley McCauley.

Kelley, a native of Rockford, Michigan, was a Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American last season, becoming the eighth Freshman All-American at MSU and the second under head coach Jake Boss Jr. to earn Freshman All-America accolades, joining second baseman Ryan Jones in 2010. Kelley was also on the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team, and was also the B1G Freshman of the Week. He was Michigan State’s starting left fielder in all 24 B1G games, playing in 41 games overall with 38 starts, and led MSU with a .353 batting average overall, ranking third in the B1G. Kelley was also seventh in the B1G only stats with a .364 batting average.

He hit safely in 22 of 24 conference games, featuring a pair of 10-game hitting streaks in conference only action, with 20 in last 21 league contests, ending the 2017 season on a 13-game overall hitting streak, which started a day after his previous 13-game hitting streak was halted, finishing the season with a hit in 26 of last 27 games and 29 in 31 games. Kelley also tied for 17th in the B1G with 13 stolen bases, ranking tied for 11th in the conference only stats with six swipes.

Lowery, a Howell, Michigan native, made 22 appearances including four starts, logging a 3.71 ERA in 51.0 IP. He ranked second on the MSU pitching staff and ninth in the B1G with 70 strikeouts, as well as leading the Spartans and ranking ninth in the B1G with 21 strikeouts looking. Lowery also ranked 10th in league for strikeouts in conference only games with 37 Ks, as well as tied for 11th with 11 batters struck out looking. After coming out of bullpen in his first 18 appearances, Lowery made four-straight starts.

Lowery’s bullpen highlights included earning a split shutout, pitching 2.1 IP with three strikeouts in 2-0 win over Ohio State (April 14). Lowery fired a combined 20 strikeouts in two-consecutive outings without an earned run, first chalking up a career-best 11 strikeouts in 5.2 IP in a no decision at Northwestern (April 28) and followed that with nine Ks in 7.2 IP vs. Iowa (May 6). Lowery added eight strikeouts in 3.0 IP without an earned run vs. Campbell (March 17), one of his four outings of 3.0 IP or more without an earned run.

McCauley is a native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and appeared in 25 games last season as a reliever, is shifting to a starting role this season. Last year he posted a team-leading nine saves, which ranked tied for fourth in B1G and tied for 59th in the NCAA. The nine saves tied for the third on the MSU single-season saves list (since 1986). For the season, McCauley posted a 2.10 ERA in 25.2 IP with 36 strikeouts and 14 walks. He ranked 13th in the B1G in conference only games with 33 strikeouts in league play, and 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 as many 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 and one K. McCauley fired three or more strikeouts in eight outings, led by a career-high six Ks in career-high tying 3.0 IP at Michigan (May 19), and added five punchouts at Nebraska (May 14). He opened the season with streak of 6.2 IP without an earned run and later had stretch of 12.1 IP.

Hello Home
The Spartans’ 2018 slate includes a 12-game homestand as part of 26 total home games at Kobs Field at McLane Stadium. The 12 home games in a row is the longest homestand since 2000 when Michigan State had 14-straight home contests, while the 26 total home game is the most since 2005 when MSU also had 26.

Road Ready
Michigan State opens the season with its first 14 games away from home, including beginning with seven true road games followed by seven neutral games.

McCauley McMoving
Junior right hander Riley McCauley has moved into a starting role after coming out of the bullpen last season as the Spartans’ closer. McCauley made all 25 appearances as a reliever last season, registering a team-leading nine saves, which ranked tied for fourth in B1G and tied for 59th in the NCAA.

Two Of Spartans’ Five All-Big Ten Honorees Return in ‘18
Two of Michigan State’s five players that All-Big Ten accolades last season return in 2018 in designated hitter Chad Roskelly, who was tabbed to the All-Big Ten second team list, while outfielder Bryce Kelley was named to the all-freshman team.

Roskelly, a Macomb, Mich., native, played in 39 games, starting 29, all as designated hitter last season. He was third on the team with a .324 average and posted 24 RBI with three HR and six doubles. Roskelly tallied a .463 slugging percentage and a .427 on-base percentage, which would have tied for ninth in the B1G but he just missed the minimum requirement.

After starting the season slow after recovering from an injury, Roskelly ended the 2017 season with a hit in 13 of last 14 games, including a 13-game hit streak from April 28 - May 18. The 13-game hitting streak was tied for second-longest on the team. Roskelly hit .379 (22-for-58) over the last 15 games of the season with 14 RBI in the span, along with a .522 slugging percentage and a .433 on-base percentage, which raised his average from .260 entering April 28 to finish with a .344 average. He ended the season on an MSU-best 17-game on base streak. Roskelly had eight multi-hit games, including four contests with four hits.

Kelley, a native of Rockford, Michigan, was a Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American last season, becoming the eighth Freshman All-American at MSU and the second under head coach Jake Boss Jr. to earn Freshman All-America accolades, joining second baseman Ryan Jones in 2010. Kelley was also on the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team, and was also the B1G Freshman of the Week. He was Michigan State’s starting left fielder in all 24 B1G games, playing in 41 games overall with 38 starts, and led MSU with a .353 batting average overall, ranking third in the B1G. Kelley was also seventh in the B1G only stats with a .364 batting average.

He hit safely in 22 of 24 conference games, featuring a pair of 10-game hitting streaks in conference only action, with 20 in last 21 league contests, ending the 2017 season on a 13-game overall hitting streak, which started a day after his previous 13-game hitting streak was halted, finishing the season with a hit in 26 of last 27 games and 29 in 31 games. Kelley also tied for 17th in the B1G with 13 stolen bases, ranking tied for 11th in the conference only stats with six swipes.

Kelley Freshman All-American
Michigan State’s Bryce Kelley was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American. Kelley became MSU’s eighth Freshman All-American and second under head coach Jake Boss Jr., joining second baseman Ryan Jones in 2010. A native of Rockford, Michigan, Kelley was also on the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team and earned MSU’s Steve Garvey Most Improved Player award. Kelley led MSU with a .353 batting average overall, ranking third in the B1G. Kelley was also seventh in the B1G only stats with a .364 batting average. Kelley ended the season on a 13-game overall hitting streak, which started a day after his previous 13-game hitting streak was halted, finishing the season with a hit in 26 of last 27 games and 29 in 31 games.

A Numbers Game
In 2017, MSU’s offense led the Big Ten in on-base percentage (.378), while ranking second in the B1G in batting average (.290), second in slugging percentage (.440), on-base percentage (.378), doubles (113) and stolen base attempts (123), along with ranking third in stolen bases (96). The 96 stolen bases was the second-most in school history. On the mound, an MSU pitcher has led the B1G in ERA in both overall and conference games the last two seasons. Walter Borkovich led the B1G with a 2.01 overall ERA and a 0.64 ERA in league games in 2017. Additionally, MSU has posted its top three strikeout totals in school history in the last three seasons with 409 strikeouts in 2015, 466 punchouts in 2016 and 420 in 2017.

Spartan Roster Breakdown
Michigan State’s 2018 roster consists of eight seniors, seven juniors, nine sophomores and 10 freshmen. The Spartan seniors include returning All-B1G honoree catcher/first baseman Chad Roskelly, along with Preseason B1G Honoree Jake Lowery, as well as pitchers Ethan Landon, Andrew Gonzalez and Keegan Baar, plus first baseman Zack McGuire, catcher Will Salter and infielder Kory Young.

Highlighting the juniors is pitcher Riley McCauley, who was a Preseason B1G Honoree, along with infielders Marty Bechina and Royce Ando, along with outfielders Dan Chmielewski and Robbie Jones. The junior class added a pair of junior college transfers in pitcher Evan Flohr and catcher Nic Lacayo.

The sophomore class is headlined by returning Freshman All-American and Preseason B1G honoree Bryce Kelley, as well as outfielder Danny Gleaves, infielder/outfielder Justin Antonic and pitchers Mitchelle Tyranski, Mike Mokma, Sam Benschoter, Matt Clark and Caleb Sleeman. A new sophomore to the Spartans’ roster is junior college transfer Bailey Peterson, who will see action both at infield and outfield.

The freshmen class has three redshirt-freshmen in pitchers Mason Erla and Zac Bianucci along with outfielder Joe Stewart. The true freshmen group includes utility player Zach Iverson, along with pitcher Jesse Heikkinen, infielders Ryan King, Brendan Regan and Peter Ahn, along with catchers Adam Proctor and Scott Combs.

Now Pitching For The Spartans...
Michigan State utilized 14 different pitchers last season, with 11 of them posting 10 or more, and five with 20+ appearances. Of those five pitchers with 20 or more appearances, two of them return in senior Jake Lowery and junior Riley McCauley. Last season, McCauley made 25 appearances, all in relief. He logged a team-leading nine saves, which ranked tied for fourth in B1G and tied for 59th in the NCAA. The nine saves tied for the third on the MSU single-season saves list (since 1986). For the season, McCauley posted a 2.10 ERA in 25.2 IP with 36 strikeouts and 14 walks. He ranked 13th in the B1G in conference only games with 33 strikeouts in league play, and also tied for third in both appearances and games in relief in conference only games with 13.

Lowery made 22 appearances including four starts, logging a 3.71 ERA in 51.0 IP. He ranked second on the MSU pitching staff and ninth in the B1G with 70 strikeouts, as well as leading the Spartans and ranking ninth in the B1G with 21 strikeouts looking. Lowery also ranked 10th in league for strikeouts in conference only games with 37 Ks, as well as tied for 11th with 11 batters struck out looking. After coming out of bullpen in his first 18 appearances, Lowery made four-straight starts to end the season.

Racking Up Awards On And Off The Field
Michigan State was recognized with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were honored with the award, which recognizes teams coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2016-17 academic year. In total, 221 programs were recognized with the 2016-17 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, including 70 high school programs and 60 teams from NCAA Division III. MSU had a 3.22 GPA this year, which is the highest in program history. The Spartans are one of two Big Ten teams on the 36-team list for NCAA Division I teams, joined by Minnesota.

Chmielewski and McGuire Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Accolades
Michigan State baseball players Dan Chmielewski and Zack McGuire were named first-team Academic All-District™ announced on Wednesday, May 4. Both were recognized as a part of NCAA Division I District 5 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Chmielewski and McGuire are the first Spartan baseball players to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors since Brandon Eckerle in 2011. Overall, they are 14th and 15th honors, and the 13th and 14th players as Ecklerle is the Spartans’ lone multiple honoree.

Sophomore outfielder Chmielewski is a native of Shelby Township, Michigan, and owns a 4.00 GPA in psychology. He played in 49 of the 52 games and made 48 starts. He batted .275 with 50 hits, including 11 doubles, one triple and four HRs, with 30 runs scored and 25 RBI, ranking third on the team and 20th in the B1G with 12 stolen bases. Chmielewski led MSU and tied for 11th in the B1G with seven sac bunts overall and tied for eighth in league in conference only action with four sac bunts. He also tied for fifth on the team with 12 multiple hit games, including two three-hit outings and a four-hit game, going 4-for-4 with career-high five RBI at Richmond (March 18), rapping two doubles and a HR.

McGuire, a junior first baseman from Sterling Heights, Michigan, owns a 3.85 GPA as a packaging major. He started and played in 50 of the 52 games, making 48 starts at first base and two starts at DH. McGuire hit .279, and ranked second on the team with 15 doubles and seven home runs, while ranking tied for third the team with 51 hits. The 15 doubles ranked tied for eighth in the B1G, as helped MSU lead the B1G and rank 15th in NCAA with 2.17 doubles per game, ranking second in the conference and 44th in the country with 44 doubles. He ranked third on the team with a .475 slugging percentage, adding a .356 slugging percentage. McGuire had a .989 fielding percentage, including ranking seventh in the B1G in both chances (459) and putouts (424). He was part of 38 fielding double plays, ranking 11th in the conference, helping MSU rank 27th in the NCAA in double plays per game (0.98). McGuire was also the third leg of a 5-4-3 triple play at Nebraska (May 13). MSU was one of 14 teams in the NCAA to turn a triple play and it was MSU’s first triple play since 2012 in the NCAA Tournament and was the first triple play in the B1G since 2014.

District 5 consists of schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The Spartan duo were two of four Big Ten Conference players earning first-team Academic All-District Team honors, joined by Michael Hendrickson of Michigan and Pat McInerney of Illinois. The two MSU players are also two-fifths of the Michigan school represented, along with Hendrickson, Central Michigan’s Daniel Jipping and Eastern Michigan’s Brennan Williams.

For more information about the Academic All-District™ and Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

Milestone Victories
Michigan State’s 2,300th win came on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, becoming just the fifth team in the Big Ten Conference and the 32nd team in the country with 2,300 wins. Here’s a closer look of MSU’s milestone wins:

1st Win May 19, 1884
100th Win May 26, 1905
500th Win April 25, 1945
1,000th Win May 13, 1972
1,500th Win April 27, 1991
2,000th Win April 6, 2010
2,300th Win Feb. 17, 2017

Up Next
Following this weekend’s action, MSU makes its annual trek to Greenville, S.C., for four games at historic Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive. The Spartans open action in the Palmetto State by playing No. 10 Clemson on Wednesday, March 7. Michigan State then hosts the ninth-annual First Pitch Invitational on Friday-Sunday, March 9-11. The Spartans leadoff action against Furman on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m., then take on Big Ten Conference foe Illinois on Saturday, March 10 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m., with the weekend schedule subject to change.

Michigan State is slated to host its 2018 home opener on Thursday, March 15, hosting Niagara in a four-game series, March 15-18 at Kobs Field at McLane Stadium.

The Last Meeting
Michigan State1
Washington4
February 23, 2014
Surprise, Ariz.
Baseball Falls to Washington in Final Game of Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge
The Michigan State baseball team dropped its weekend finale to Washington, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon in Surprise, Ariz. Washington used four early runs to spoil the Spartans' bid for a weekend sweep in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge.

The Last Meeting
Michigan State1  
UCLA4(5)
March 1, 2015
Los Angeles, Calif.
Spartans Fall to No. 7 Bruins in Rain-Shortened Game
The Michigan State baseball team dropped its series finale with No. 7 UCLA, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.


 

 

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