May 14, 1998
EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan State junior Mark Mulder (South Holland, IL) was the Spartans' lone representative on the 1998 First-Team All-Big Ten Baseball Team, landing a berth as a pitcher. Senior pitcher Brian Murphy (Port Huron) and sophomore hurler Chris Yens (Mayville) landed second- and third-team berths, respectively.
Mulder finished the 1998 season with an overall record of 6-6 and established a school seasonal record with 113 strikeouts (second among conference players). The 6-foot-6 Mulder led the Big Ten in strikeouts per game (12.01), was third in innings pitched (84 2/3), and his ERA of 3.40 ranked him eighth. In league contests, Mulder ranked second in strikeouts per game (11.1) and third in total strikeouts (48). It marked the second straight year that he has been named to the first team.
Murphy, who finished his career as MSU's all-time leader in innings pitched (300 1/3), chalked up a 6-4 overall slate and his 3.73 ERA ranked him ninth among Big Ten pitchers. He tossed 79 2/3 innings, tied for seventh in the league, and finished with 60 strikeouts. In conference outings, he manufactured a 4-2 record, completed a team-high five games (six starts) and held down the No. 3 spot in the conference with a 2.85 ERA. His 47 1/3 innings was the eighth-highest total in the league and his 7.4 hits allowed per game was the third-lowest mark in the loop.
Yens, a third-team choice as a relief pitcher, emerged as the MSU ace out of the bullpen and recorded seven saves in overall play, good for a tie for the league lead. Yens, who came on in relief in 20 contests (tied for second in the league in appearances), finished with a 1-2 record along with a 2.77 ERA. Yens posted three saves in conference action and had an ERA of 2.70 in eight appearances.
Michigan State finished the 1998 season with an overall record of 25-27, 8-16 in the Big Ten.