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Five Spartans Collect All-Big Ten Accolades

May 23, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Five Michigan State baseball players earned All-Big Ten accolades, as the conference announced its league awards Tuesday. Second baseman Dan Durkin, center fielder Brandon Hughes, designated hitter Chad Roskelly and pitcher Alex Troop were all tabbed to the All-Big Ten second team list, while outfielder Bryce Kelley was named to the all-freshman team.

This is the second-straight year for Durkin and Hughes to collect All-Big Ten accolades, as Durkin was a first-team selection, while Hughes was a third-teamer last season.

Dan Durkin • SR • 2B • Tinley Park, Illinois

Durkin, a senior from Tinley Park, Illinois, was MSU's starting second baseman for all 52 games, one of only two players to not only play, but start all 52 games this season. He was selected as team captain by his teammates prior to the season. Durkin led B1G second basemen and ranked tied for ninth in the league overall with nine home runs, and was also first among B1G second basemen and was tied for 11th in the conference overall stats with 42 RBI. He also led B1G second basemen and ranked 12th in the conference overall with a .497 slugging percentage, and was also tops among the league's second basemen and ranked tied for second overall with 16 doubles.

Defensively, Durkin tied for sixth in the conference overall with 151 assists, and ranked tied for 13th in the in league overall with 32 fielding double plays, including being part of an NCAA-high six double plays vs. Abilene Christian on Feb. 18. Durkin was also the middle part of turning the only triple play in the B1G this season, at Nebraska on May 13, one of 13 teams in the NCAA to do so.

Durkin was also the Spartans' recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Brandon Hughes • JR • OF • Sterling Heights, Michigan

Hughes, a junior from Sterling Heights, Michigan, led the B1G and ranked seventh in the NCAA with 30 stolen bases, setting a new MSU single-season record. He also led the B1G and ranks third in NCAA with 0.63 stolen bases per game. Hughes started in 48 games this season. He hit three home runs at Illinois on March 26, including two left-handed and one right-handed, becoming just one of three players in the NCAA to hit a home run from each side of the plate this season. Hughes was named Collegiate Baseball's National Players Of The Week as well as a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Gold Standard Performance of the Week on March 26 for his performance at Illinois. He also led the B1G for most RBI in a single-game with seven vs. Illinois on March 26 as part of his three home run performance.

On the season, Hughes was tied for eighth in the B1G with five HR in conference games. Finishing with a .330 batting average this season, Hughes was tied for 12th in the league's stats, and was also tied for ninth with 67 hits.

Alex Troop • SO • LHP • Batavia, Illinois

Troop, a sophomore from Batavia, Illinois, was tied for the B1G lead with eight wins this season, posting the second-most wins in conference only action with four victories, finishing the season with an 8-3 overall record. He also ended with a 2.47 ERA, ranking fourth in the conference. Troop was also fourth in the league stats with a .223 opposing batting average. By firing 83 strikeouts this season, Troop ranked fifth in the conference, just shy of MSU's top 10 single-season strikeouts list, but helped the Spartan pitching staff total 420 Ks this season, the second-most in school history.

Troop was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on May 22 after pitching 8.0 innings in leading Michigan State to a 6-1 win over No. 15 Michigan on May 18 at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field. The sophomore left-hander took a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh inning, chalking up 10 strikeouts while only allowing two hits, tying his career-highs for both Ks and hits allowed, set March 17 vs. Campbell. Troop held a high-powered Michigan lineup to its fewest hits of the season and its second-lowest run total.

Chad Roskelly • JR • DH • Macomb, Michigan

Roskelly, a junior from Macomb, Michigan, was MSU's primary designated hitter this season, hitting .324 overall and .315 in B1G only action. He had a 13-game hitting streak, tying for the second-longest hitting streak this season for the Spartans. Roskelly had a .463 overall slugging percentage, including .500 in conference only games.

His 13-game hitting streak came during a stretch of the final 15 games of the season in which he hit .379 (22-for-58), with 14 RBI, four doubles and two home runs, raising his season batting average from .260 to .324. Also during that stretch, Roskelly tallied multiple hits in six of those games, including going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored vs. Eastern Michigan on May 10 and 3-for-5 with two RBI at Nebraska on May 12. Roskelly also had the game-winning RBI in the 7-6 victory for MSU over Western Michigan at Comerica for the walk-off win on May 9.

Bryce Kelley • FR • OF • Rockford, Michigan

Kelley, a freshman from Rockford, Michigan, was Michigan State's starting left fielder in all 24 B1G games. He led MSU and was seventh in B1G only stats with a .364 batting average, including a hit 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. 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 season with a hit in 26 of last 27 games as part of 29 in 31 games. He finished with a .353 batting average overall, ranking third in the league's overall rankings.

The freshman outfielder also led the Spartans with 12 multi-hit games in conference only games, including three hits in two games (at Illinois on March 24, vs Minnesota on April 1). With a .416 on-base percentage, Kelley was tied for 14th in the league. Kelley was also tied for 17th in the B1G with 13 stolen bases, ranking tied for 11th in the conference only stats with six swipes.

This season's five All-Big Ten honorees gives MSU 39 All-Big Ten accolades under head coach Jake Boss Jr.,

Michigan State finished the 2017 season with a 29-23 overall record, posting a 10-14 B1G mark, finishing ninth in the league standings and just missing the conference tournament.

Player of the Year

Pitcher of the Year
Brian Shaffer, Maryland

Freshman of the Year
Tyler Blohm, Maryland

Coach of the Year
Darin Erstad, Nebraska

All-Big Ten First Team
C - Cole McDevitt, Minnesota
2B - Ako Thomas, Michigan
SS - Michael Brdar, Michigan
3B - Drew Lugbauer, Michigan
OF - Jack Yalowitz, Illinois
OF - Marty Costes, Maryland
OF - Joe Hoscheit, Northwestern
DH - Scott Schreiber, Nebraska
UTIL - Jake Meyers, Nebraska
SP - Brian Shaffer, Maryland
SP - Oliver Jaskie, Michigan
SP - Lucas Gilbreath, Minnesota
RP - Jackson Lamb, Michigan

All-Big Ten Second Team
C - Tyler Cropley, Iowa
1B - Pat McInerney, Illinois
2B - Dan Durkin, Michigan State
SS - Mason McCoy, Iowa
3B - Micah Coffey, Minnesota
OF - Logan Sowers, Indiana
OF - Robert Neustrom, Iowa
OF - Brandon Hughes, Michigan State
DH - Chad Roskelly, Michigan State
UTIL - Matt Lloyd, Indiana
SP - Nick Gallagher, Iowa
SP - Alex Troop, Michigan State
SP - Sal Biasi, Penn State
RP - Brian Glowicki, Minnesota

All-Big Ten Third Team
C - Nick Matera, Rutgers
1B - Toby Hanson, Minnesota
2B - Michael Massey, Illinois
SS - Angelo Altavilla, Nebraska
3B - AJ Lee, Maryland
OF - Craig Dedelow, Indiana
OF - Johnny Slater, Michigan
OF - Dominic Canzone, Ohio State
DH - Chris Folinusz, Rutgers
UTIL - Mike Carter, Rutgers
SP - Pauly Milto, Indiana
SP - Jake Hohensee, Nebraska
SP - Gareth Stroh, Purdue
RP - Mac Lozer, Michigan

All-Big Ten Freshman Team
C - Bryce Bonner, Purdue
1B - MATT GORSKI, Indiana
2B - Michael Massey, Illinois
SS - Jeremy Houston, Indiana
3B - LUKE ROSKAM, Nebraska
OF - Bryce Kelley, Michigan State
OF - Skyler Hunter, Purdue
DH - Casey Dodge, Illinois
UTIL - Jordan Kozicky, Minnesota
SP - TYLER BLOHM, Maryland
SP - Hank Christie, Northwestern
SP - Cal Krueger, Indiana
RP - Tommy Henry, Michigan

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Anthony Drago, Illinois
Tony Butler, Indiana
Corbin Woods, Iowa
Zach Jancarski, Maryland
Michael Brdar, Michigan
Dan Durkin, Michigan State
Matt Stemper, Minnesota
Ben Miller, Nebraska
Cooper Wetherbee, Northwestern
Jalen Washington, Ohio State
Alex Malinsky, Penn State
Hayden Grant, Purdue
Max Herrmann, Rutgers

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS



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