While the rest of the student body was off enjoying spring break, MSU athletes stayed in action, with teams traveling all across the country to compete. Here are some of the highlights from the last 10 days that might have snuck by during break.
MSU baseball (6-7) took a trip to the near reaches of the South, with eight games scheduled in Tennessee and Kentucky. They only managed seven games, however, as inclement weather disrupted three games, including a cancellation against Tennessee Tech. Tilts with Austin Peay on March 1 and 2 were rescheduled for later in the weekend.
MSU finished the week 4-3, after losing a three-game series at Austin Peay, winning their only game at Tennessee Tech and falling in two games out of three against No. 7 Kentucky.
The Spartans will head to California next week, where they’ll play three games against Santa Clara before returning home on March 22 to play Oakland in the home opener.
MSU softball (14-11) headed to Florida for spring break, as college students are inclined to do, playing 11 games in seven days against nine different opponents.
The early part of the week treated the Spartans well, as they won five of their first six games before tailing off later in the week and finishing 6-5 overall.
MSU heads to Bloomington, Ind., for the Indiana University Tournament next weekend. After that, the Spartans will come back to East Lansing for seven straight home games, starting on March 20 against Western Michigan in their home opener.
MSU gymnastics got their break off to a rough start after losing to in-state rival Michigan on Senior Night at Jenison Field House,197.3-194.875. The loss kept the Spartans winless on the season, but they rectified that with a win six days later, March 8, as they traveled to Pittsburgh to beat the Panthers, 195.6-195.175.
MSU hosts the Big Ten Championships on March 23, where the Spartans will look to redeem their season with a solid showing.
Track and Field
Sophomore Antonio James highlighted MSU’s showing at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, where he set an MSU record with a throw of 22.25 meters. The career-best throw earned James a silver medal in his first career trip to the championships.
The outdoor track season starts March 29, when the Spartans travel to North Carolina State for the Raleigh Relays.
Swimming and Diving
Senior Jacob Jarzen set MSU records in three events on the final day of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships on March 2. Jarzen was part of the team that set the school record in the 400-meter freestyle relay, and also set records in the 200-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle.
The Spartans as a team finished 10th in the conference and set seven new school records.
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