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The MSU baseball team returned to East Lansing on Sunday following a pair of weekend losses in the NCAA Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif. Crushed and empty-handed, the Spartans enter the offseason with more questions than answers and have plenty to think about during the next eight months until they resume play.
Despite a strong effort by junior pitcher Andrew Waszak, the Spartans couldn’t overcome a late surge by Fresno State in addition to their own offensive inadequacies — leaving six runners on base on the day — and fell to the Bulldogs, 8-2, in the Palo Alto Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
Just as in 1979 — the last year Spartan baseball qualified for the NCAA Tournament — MSU lost in the opening regional game Friday to Pepperdine.
The MSU baseball team begins its wild west NCAA Tournament shootout today in Palo Alto, Calif., as the No. 3-seed Spartans take on No. 2-seed Pepperdine in the first round of the Palo Alto Regional at 4 p.m. EST.
Since he arrived on campus in 2008, Jake Boss Jr. has developed a reputation for breaking down historical barriers as the head coach of the MSU baseball program.
On Monday, another barrier fell.
After weeks of uncertainty, the Spartans (37-21) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No.
The Spartans are heading to the Golden State as NCAA Baseball Tournament participants for the first time in more than 30 years.
The MSU baseball team took a valiant bow out of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday afternoon after battling for 11 innings in its second matchup with No. 2-seed Indiana resulting in a 4-3 loss.
With the season on the line for the MSU baseball team Friday afternoon against Ohio State, it was a pair of freshmen that came through and carried the Spartans to a 6-2 victory.
For the second consecutive day, the MSU baseball team looked like it would breeze its way to an easy victory early on in Big Ten Tournament play on Thursday.
For eight and two-thirds innings, it appeared that MSU would cruise to a blowout win in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Leading 10-2 to begin the final frame, a comedy of errors led to a seven-run inning with two outs on the board as the Spartans narrowly escaped with a 10-9 win against No. 4-seed Nebraska.
Several members of the MSU baseball team have been named all-conference honorees, the Big Ten announced on Tuesday.
As captivating off the field as he is dominant on the mound, Tony Bucciferro has seen everything in his MSU baseball career.
Entering the weekend, the MSU baseball team had aspirations of earning the No. 2 seed and the accompanying first-round bye in this week’s Big Ten Tournament, as well as hopes of securing an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Behind the conference’s top pitching staff led by senior Tony Bucciferro and the consistent bats of juniors second baseman Ryan Jones and outfielder Jordan Keur, the Spartans find themselves just days away from the opening of the Big Ten Tournament. Despite missing out on a top seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament, the No. 5-seeded Spartans (35-19 overall, 13-11 Big Ten) are set for a 12:05 p.m. matchup with No. 4-seed Nebraska on Wednesday at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.
After late game homers cost the MSU baseball team a pair of games Thursday and Friday, the Spartans reversed their fortunes on Senior Day at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field on Saturday against Penn State.
MSU (35-19 overall, 13-11 Big Ten) rode a nine strikeout performance by sophomore pitcher David Garner to a 9-2 victory in game three of the series with the Nittany Lions.
Another day, another late home run spells doom for the MSU baseball team.
One day after losing a 3-2 decision to Penn State (29-24 overall, 15-8 Big Ten) after a jack in the eighth inning by Jordan Steranka, MSU (34-19, 12-11) saw its hopes crushed by a late homer in a 6-5 loss.
Penn State third baseman Joey DeBernardis’ ninth inning homer was the difference Saturday, taking with it the hopes of a No.
Even after a career filled with memories and records etched in MSU baseball lore, Tony Bucciferro wanted to provide the fans and his teammates with something to remember him by in his final start at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field.
Unfortunately, Jordan Steranka and Penn State had other ideas.
Senior pitcher Tony Bucciferro will be on the mound in game one for the Spartans (34-17 overall, 12-9 Big Ten) to set the tone against Penn State (27-24, 13-8), which is tied for second place in the Big Ten with Indiana and holds a one-game lead over MSU in the standings.
On a picturesque night with the Detroit skyline dimming in the background, the MSU baseball team got a taste of the big leagues as they downed Central Michigan, 5-2, in the second annual Clash at Comerica -- played in the home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park.