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Spartans host 2 with Oakland, schedule makeup for Thursday

April 3, 2002

The MSU softball team will temporarily switch its focus from Eastern Michigan to Oakland.

Tuesday’s game against Eastern (8-13, 3-3 Mid-American) was rescheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday due to inclement weather.

The Spartans (12-21, 1-3 Big Ten) will play the Golden Grizzlies (8-22-1) in today’s scheduled doubleheader.

“It’s a fine line when you talk about the weather,” Spartan manager Jacquie Joseph said. “It’s more of a mental focus because it’s so cold.

“It’s hard to focus when it’s only 35 degrees.”

Joseph also is concerned with her team’s consistency.

“I’m looking for us to put some back-to-back consistent games together,” Joseph said. “We need some consistent play, specifically on offense.”

MSU scored just two runs in last weekends’ first three games, then exploded for 11 in final game.

Joseph said this stretch of nonconference games provide tune-ups in between conference play.

“These games only hurt if you lose them,” Joseph said. “And I don’t intend on losing.

“You really want to keep playing to keep sharp.”

Joseph said she will likely send senior pitcher Becky Gray to the mound, but it will be a game time decision. Gray (6-10) leads the team in with a 2.77 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

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