MSU returns solid core, adds talented freshman class for 2016
One-hundred and eight Spartans recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Gutknecht Hits Fourth Homer Of the Season
MSU looks forward to start of B1G season next weekend.
Michigan State celebrated Shanin Thomas' senior day with a 6-5 win over visiting Indiana.
Career Statistics/Career Highs
JUNIOR (2015): Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Hit a career-best .226, with career highs in at-bats (93), runs (17), hits (231)and RBI (18) ... Started 28 of the 48 games in which she appeared, also career bests ... Came in as a pinch hitter against Morehead State (2/7), delivering a single ... Went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in her first start of the season, at third base vs. Akron (2/8) ... Went 3-for-3 in her first start of the season as the DP, smacking a school-record three doubles and plating three runs against Providence (2/14) ... Went 1-for-3 in a 1-0 victory over Drexel (2/15) ... Went 1-for-2 in a win over Utah State (2/20), scoring twice ... Walked three times in a loss to UC Riverside (2/20) which ranks as the second-highest total in a game in school history ... Went 1-for-3 with three RBI in a win over FIU (2/28) ... Had RBI in each of two games vs. Bradley (3/7-8) ... Went 1-for-2, scoring twice, in a 7-3 win over Youngstown State (3/13) ... Produced at least one hit in each of the five games at the Mercer Bears Classic (3/13-15), including a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI and two runs scored in the finale against Alabama A&M (3/15) ... Posted a 1-for-4 performance with two RBI in the opener of the Nebraska series (3/20) ... Delivered a pinch hit home run over the left field wall in the series finale vs. Penn State (3/29) ... Delivered a pinch hit in the series finale at Indiana (4/26) ... Also had a pinch hit in the series finale against Maryland (5/3).
SOPHOMORE (2014): Academic All-Big Ten Selection ... Honored at the SASS Academic Gala with the Harold & Raynor Shnider Office of the Provost Award, presented to a freshman or sophomore student-athlete who embodies the characteristics promoted by Student-Athlete Support Services, with emphasis on academic performance, community involvement and leadership ability ... Hit .183 in 38 games, earning 25 starts ... Contributed three doubles and three homers, and posting 10 RBI ... Smacked a grand slam in the second game of a doubleheader against Rhode Island (2/9), her first career home run and a career high in RBI in a game ... Went 1-for-3 in a loss to San Jose State (2/14) ... Went 2-for-3 against Bethune-Cookman (3/1), smacking a double and scoring once ... Had both of MSU's hits in a five-inning run-rule loss to FGCU (3/2) ... Went 1-for-3, smacking her second homer of the year against Florida Atlantic (3/4) ... Had a season-best three putouts at third in a 1-0 win over Hofstra (3/8) ... Walked once and scored a run in a loss to UIC (3/15) ... Went 1-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against Toledo (3/15), tying her career highs with three putouts and four assists ... Hit a solo homer, her third four-bagger of the season, in the first game against Ohio State (3/21) ... Went 1-for-3 with a double in the series finale against the Buckeyes (3/22) ... 1-for-3 with a run scored in the first of three games against Purdue (3/28) ... Went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored in a loss at Notre Dame (4/2) ... Recorded a pair of hits in four at-bats in the first game against Penn State (4/4) ... Had a pinch-hit RBI single in the home loss to Central Michigan (4/23) ... Came in as a pinch hitter in all three games of the Nebraska series (4/25-27) ... Scored a run in MSU's series finale against Northwestern (5/4) ...
FRESHMAN(2013): Started in one game for MSU...Appeared in 33 games...Tallied four hits and one run...Had five RBIs and one double.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at La Habra High School for coach Frank McCarroll ... Earned first-team all-league freeway league in 2009 and 2011 ... Named to the all-county freshman team in 2009 .. Received all-league freeway league honors in 2010 ... Team has been ranked as high as 93rd in the state, and 286 in the nation ... Also was a letterwinner on the volleyball team in 2011 ... Has finished in the top 25 of her class each year of high school.
CLUB: A member of the So Cal Wicked club team since 2007.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 1, 1994 ... Daughter of Bill and Sheri Thomas ... Plans to major in journalism.