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Five Spartans Earn Big Ten Conference Honors
 
 
 
Andrew Waszak was fourth in innings pitched (91.2) and fifth in ERA (2.36).

 
Andrew Waszak was fourth in innings pitched (91.2) and fifth in ERA (2.36).
 
 

May 21, 2013

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Michigan State baseball had five players garner conference honors, the Big Ten office announced on Tuesday morning. Sophomore Jimmy Pickens led the way and was named second-team All-Big Ten. Both sophomore Blaise Salter and senior Andrew Waszak were named to the All-Big Ten third team. Cam Gibson was named to the All-Freshman team and Jordan Keur was MSU's recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.

Pickens, a West Bloomfield, Mich., native, ranked among the Big Ten in five offensive categories. He finished tied for second in home runs (nine), fourth in RBIs (42), fifth in total bases (103), fifth in slugging percentage (.508) and eighth in doubles (13).

He started all 50 games in right field and was fourth on the team with a .303 average. Pickens led MSU with 20 multi-hit games and 10 game-winning RBIs. Two of his biggest hits of the season came in walk-off fashion against Indiana. Pickens beat the Hoosiers with an RBI single on April 12 and followed that with a solo home run on April 13.

Salter, a Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native, ranked among the Big Ten's best in six offensive categories. He finished fifth in doubles (14), seventh in home runs (5), eighth in slugging percentage (.503), ninth in batting average (.343), 10th in hits (62) and 12th in total bases (91).

Salter started in 46 games, 31 at designated hitter, 13 as catcher and two at first base. He was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week during the season. The first time was following a sweep at Santa Clara, where he hit .667 (8-for-12) with a double, a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored. Against Purdue, he went 7-for-12 with four doubles, one home run and three RBIs.

 

 

A Rochester Hills, Mich., native, Waszak led the Spartans on the mound as the Friday starter and among conference leaders in nine categories. He was fourth in innings pitched (91.2), fourth in strikeouts looking (22), fifth in ERA (2.36), seventh in opponent batting average (.234), eighth in walks allowed (18), ninth in wins (6), ninth in earned runs allowed (22), 11th in strikeouts (57) and 11th in runs allowed (32).

Out of 13 starts, 12 were quality appearances and he threw at least six innings in all 13 starts. He tossed two complete games this season and was named Big Ten Picher of the Week twice. He was recognized after allowing just one run and seven hits in eight innings against Indiana. Against Purdue, he allowed seven hits in his second complete game of the season and needed only 88 pitches to do so.

Freshman Cam Gibson checked in at 15th in the Big Ten with a .325 average, the best mark among all conference freshmen. He ranked second among freshmen in runs scored (34), hits (53), slugging (.393), on-base (.387) and steals (12).

Gibson hit exclusively in the lead-off spot and started 40 games this season, 20 in left field. He was third on the team in batting, second in runs scored and second in steals.

Jordan Keur was named MSU's sportsmanship recipient and played an intricate role both on and off the field this season. Keur had started 30 consecutive games and was the Spartans' best hitter before being injured on April 12 against Indiana. He finished his career with a .315 average and started 155 games for MSU. Through 30 games this season he was leading MSU with a .337 average and 20 RBIs

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM*
C - KYLE SCHWARBER, IND
1B - David Kerian, ILL
2B - Pat Kelly, NEB
SS - Thomas Lindauer, ILL
SS - Kirby Pellant, OSU
3B - Dustin DeMuth, IND
OF - Justin Parr, ILL
OF - Michael O'Neill, MICH
OF - Chad Christensen, NEB
DH - Scott Donley, IND
SP - AARON SLEGERS, IND
SP - DJ Snelten, MINN
SP - Tom Windle, MINN
RP - TRACE DEMPSEY, OSU

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
C - Kurt Schlangen, MINN
1B - Sam Travis, IND
2B - Zach Morton, NU
3B - Jacob Cronenworth, MICH
OF - Jordan Parr, ILL
OF - Eric Toole, IOWA
OF - Jimmy Pickens, MSU
DH - Michael Pritchard, NEB
SP - Kevin Duchene, ILL
SP - Joey DeNato, IND
SP - Luke Farrell, NU
RP - Scott Effross, IND

ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM
C - Cole Martin, MICH
1B - Kash Kalkowski, NEB
2B - Connor Schaefbauer, MINN
SS - Michael Basil, IND
3B - Blake Headley, NEB
OF - Andy Henkemeyer, MINN
OF - Rich Sanguinetti, NEB
OF - Kyle Ruchim, NU
DH - Blaise Salter, MSU
SP - Andrew Waszak, MSU
SP - Brad Goldberg, OSU
SP - Brian King, OSU
RP - Ryan Halstead, IND

ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM*
C - Jason Goldstein, ILL
1B - JOSH ESTILL, PUR
2B - Nick Ramos, IND
SS - TRAVIS MAEZES, MICH
3B - Jacob Cronenworth, MICH
OF - Cam Gibson, MSU
OF - JAMES COATES, PSU
OF - Kyle Johnson, PUR
DH - KYLE WOOD
SP - KEVIN DUCHENE, ILL
SP - Will Coursen-Carr, IND
SP - Evan Hill, MICH
SP - Jordan Minch, PUR
RP - Scott Effross, IND
Unanimous honorees in ALL CAPS
*additional honoree due to tie

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Alex Lincoln, ILL
Michael Basil, IND
Ricky Sandquist, IOWA
Patrick Biondi, MICH
Jordan Keur, MSU
Ryan Abrahamson, MINN
Bryan Peters, NEB
Trevor Stevens, NU
Ryan Cypret, OSU
Luis Montesinos, PSU
Robert Ramer, PUR

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Justin Parr, ILL

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Aaron Slegers, IND

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Kevin Duchene, ILL

COACH OF THE YEAR
TRACY SMITH, IND

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