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Lansing - The Spartan offense was in full throttle Friday afternoon, but they didn't need much of it.Behind a stellar pitching performance from junior right-hander Bryan Gale, the Spartans whipped the Wolverines 12-3 in front of 835 fans at Oldsmobile Park."It was a must win home game," said Gale, who improved to 5-4 on the year and 3-0 in his career against Michigan.
It wasn't a day the Spartans will want to remember for the way they played, but Tuesday's end result was acceptable.In a sloppy slugfest, it was MSU sophomore second baseman Travis Gulick that stole the show, helping his team to a 13-12 victory over Wayne State.
Former high school standout Jeremy Dow is slated to make his collegiate baseball debut today when MSU (9-20) hosts Wayne State.
The right-hander will take the mound at 3 p.m.
"On the Road Again."That is the tune the MSU baseball team is singing after a short week of home games.
Offense was hard to come by at a frigid Kobs Field on Sunday afternoon as the MSU baseball team split a low-scoring doubleheader with Northwestern.The Spartans (7-18 overall, 1-5 Big Ten) won the opener 3-2, picking up their first league victory of the season.
The MSU baseball team said playing at home for the first time this season could be the medicine for its losing ways.And as it turns out, Kobs Field provided a perfect remedy Wednesday afternoon as the Spartans used a late offensive surge to defeat Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne 10-4."It was a good win," MSU manager Ted Mahan.
Last month was not one to remember for the MSU baseball team.The Spartans (5-17 overall, 0-4 Big Ten) lost the first 10 games of March and 16 of 18 overall.Although MSU lost a lot of firepower in the offseason, the team's 17 losses are disappointing considering last season's 38-19 record.MSU manager Ted Mahan said playing every game on the road so far has something to do with the poor start."I don't know many teams in the country that play 22 consecutive road games against good teams," Mahan said.
Following a season in which five single-season offensive records were destroyed, the MSU baseball team will have to find new ways to win if it hopes to build on the success it had in 2002.
The Spartans established new highs in hits (685), doubles (126), runs (500), RBI (456) and home runs (95) in 2002.
A pair of MSU baseball players have garnered preseason honors.
Senior catcher Brady Burrill along with sophomore pitcher Tim Day became the Spartans first preseason All-Americans since Mark Mulder in 1998.
Burrill was named a third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger, as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, while Day earned third-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Although Burrill appeared in just 28 of the Spartans' 57 games last season, he still led the team with a .414 batting average.
The San Francisco Giants and the Anaheim Angels arent the only teams playing baseball this deep into October.The MSU baseball team took the field Wednesday afternoon for the last time this year in the final game of the three game Green/Gray World Series.In the contest, the Gray team came out victorious with some last inning heroics.
Weather in the mid-40s and continuous wind gusts didnt keep the MSU baseball team off the diamond Sunday afternoon.The Spartans were divided into two teams, creating the Green/Gray World Series.
As the clock continues to tick toward another Major League Baseball players strike, MSU athletes and coaches ponder the future of Americas pastime.
Im not going to lie to you, Id be very upset if they strike, senior MSU infielder Charlie Braun said.
It wont change my feelings on the sport of baseball, but it just shows me the owners and players arent very in tune with what baseball is all about.
I wont go to games next year if they do strike.
After five bargaining sessions Wednesday and three on Thursday, each side remained apart on the key issues: levels for a luxury tax and revenue sharing.
Lansing - The Lansing Lugnuts continued their domination of the Clinton LumberKings on Sunday with a 4-3 victory at Oldsmobile Park, 505 E.
Not since 1978 has a Spartan baseball player earned first-team All-American honors.
Thanks to Bob Malek, that streak has been obliterated.
The Lansing Lugnuts pitching staff ranks near the top of the Midwest League, even with the loss of four quality pitchers.Angel Guzman, Mark Carter, Adam Wynegar, and Eric Brown have taken their collective 14-5 record to the Single A Daytona Cubs, but the Lugnuts (3-2 second half, 40-34 overall) still hold a 3.20 ERA this season - third best in the Midwest League.The task of making up for those lost pitchers goes to pitching coach Mike Anderson, in his second year with the Lugnuts.It might seem losing pitchers of that caliber would be an enormous burden on the team, but Anderson said its just a part of the minor league system.Thats what its all about, Anderson said.
Lansing - The 2002 Midwest League All-Star Game attracted everybody and their mother to Oldsmobile Park Tuesday night.
The annual event, which showcased 63 of the top prospects in the league this year, was much more than a game.
As attendants entered they were given inflatable plastic noisemakers to create an enthusiastic environment and the recipients wasted little time putting them to use.
Prior to the summer classic, fans swarmed the All Stars to capture their autographs on baseballs, baseball caps and programs.
Many people attended to take in the game, but just as many were at the park to take in at least one of the side attractions.
Lansing native Shawn Gilmore, who tries to take in at least five Lugnuts games a season, was one of the many individuals taking part in pregame festivities.
Although he didnt know any of the players from the Kane County Cougars or Beloit Snappers, he was more than eager to get their signatures.
Lansing - In the 38th annual Midwest League All-Star Game the East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 6-3 Tuesday night at Oldsmobile Park.In the seven-year history of the Lansing Lugnuts, the team has played host to three All-Star games.
Three MSU baseball players were drafted in Major League Baseballs 2002 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
Junior right fielder Bob Malek headlined the list as the first Spartan selected.
He was drafted in the 4th round by the New York Mets.
Lansing - The Lugnuts got a strong pitching performance and some much needed hitting to avoid being swept for the first time this season.After losing the first three games of the series by a combined score of 29-4, Lansing (28-29) defeated Peoria 7-2 Tuesday at Oldsmobile Park, 505 E.
By Kristofer Karol
The State News
Most teams revel in being able to play at home.