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The MSU baseball team (19-4) defeated the Oregon Ducks (11-11), 3-2, Friday afternoon. The win came on a tenth-inning walk-off home run by Jordan Zimmerman on Friday afternoon. The game gave the Spartans a lead in the teams’ three-game weekend series in East Lansing.
This weekend the Oregon Ducks are visiting the Spartans at McLane Baseball Stadium for a three-game set. The Ducks have an 11-9 overall record this season and will look to get their season back on track. Here are some key things to look for before game one starts on Friday, with first pitch set for 3:05 p.m.
The collegiate baseball season is a grind — it’s 57 games, and a perfect season is basically impossible. There are going to be some days when a team just can’t get anything going, and for the Spartans, Tuesday was one of those games.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Spartans hosted the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University for a weekday match up, in which the Grizzlies picked up their 11th win of the season and improved to 11-11 on the year after defeating the Spartans by a final score of 3-1.
The MSU baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better day on Easter Sunday. From the perfect weather, to a chance to complete a sweep of Rutgers, MSU looked to start off Big Ten play 3-0.
On a gorgeous spring afternoon in East Lansing, the Spartans hosted Rutgers for the third and final game of a weekend series to kickoff the start of Big Ten play. After a doubleheader on Saturday, MSU completed the series sweep in come from behind fashion to defeat the Scarlet Knights by a final score of 6-5. The Spartans would improve to 18-3 on the season and 3-0 in the Big Ten.
If you ask the average baseball fanatic about Jordan Zimmerman, they will probably tell you about the 6-foot-2 all-star righty who signed with the Detroit Tigers earlier in the offseason. But if you ask any fan of MSU baseball about Jordan Zimmerman, you’ll get a completely different answer.
One of my little league baseball coaches once told me that baseball was just as much a mental game as it was physical. This was much so the case for the MSU baseball team on Saturday, when they hosted Rutgers to open up Big Ten play.
The MSU baseball team opened up Big Ten play on Saturday afternoon against Rutgers, with a doubleheader after the game on Friday was postponed and moved to Saturday due to inclement field conditions. The Spartans improved to 17-3 on the season after sweeping against Rutgers by a final score of 5-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two.
The weather on opening day at McLane Baseball Stadium may have been cold, but the Spartan bats were hot once again when they took on Central Michigan on Wednesday in their home-opener. MSU flexed its muscles as it improved to 15-3 on the season as the team cruised past the Chippewas (4-17 overall record) by a final score of 4-1.
As of March 14, the MSU baseball team is ranked as the 25th best team in the nation by Baseball America’s top-25 poll. The Spartans are also ranked as No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll , ahead of No. 24 Michigan.
The Big Ten Network is set to increase televised coverage for baseball and softball games throughout the course of this season, according to a press release.
Coming into the 2016 baseball season, one of the biggest question marks that head coach Jake Boss Jr. had for his team was their offensive potency. After all, the Spartans are coming off a 34-23 record in 2015 where they finished third in the Big Ten standings. Boss brought in a number of transfer students to try to fill the void of eight Spartans leaving for the 2015 MLB draft, six of which were everyday starters.
According to a preseason poll released by the Big Ten on Wednesday, the MSU baseball team is ranked sixth in the conference. Each coach in the Big Ten voted on the top six teams and also selected three students from each team to a “Players to Watch” list, according to a press release by MSU Spartans.
At the end of practice, the team can be heard chanting “Big Ten champs!” with enthusiasm. After a cold yet mild winter MSU baseball is finally back.
This is part three of a series of six stories profiling the faculty at MSU Sports Medicine Facility.
Saturday was another busy day for Spartan athletics. Both the football and baseball teams took on Air Force Saturday afternoon, and both teams were able to come away with victories.
MSU baseball is back in East Lansing.
The MSU baseball and softball teams received good news recently in the form of stadium upgrades. The Drayton McLane Baseball Stadium at John H. Kobs Field and Secchia Softball Stadium will both be receiving new electric field heating systems, according to an announcement made July 28 by the MSU Athletics Department.