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In episode three, The State News sports editor Casey Harrison and Stephen Olschanski talk Tom Izzo's induction into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the absurdity of the NFL, MSU football's bye week and give you their picks for college football's biggest games of the weekend.
In the tenth annual Crosstown Showdown — an exhibition between the Michigan State University baseball team and the Lansing Lugnuts, the class-A Midwest League affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays — ended in the Lugnuts’ favor, winning their fifth-straight matchup between the Spartans by a final score of 4-1 at Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing.
And it's one, two, three stars who are out of MSU to try to play the old ball game on the grandest stage. Cam Vieaux, Dakota Mekkes, and and Jordan Zimmerman all actualized their childhood dreams of playing professional baseball when all reached contractual agreements to join MLB organizations.
Although the Spartans fell short of the college baseball playoffs after consecutive losses to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament, four players from the team realized their lifelong aspiration when they received calls corresponding to a pick in the MLB draft. Pitcher Cam Vieaux, second baseman Jordan Zimmerman, pitcher Dakota Mekkes and catcher Matt Byars will all have the chance to turn professional given this weekend's outcome.
Needing only one win to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Tournament title game entering the weekend, MSU baseball season came to an end following a 4-3 loss Saturday and a 7-3 Sunday loss to eventual Big Ten Tournament champions Ohio State University.
With a guaranteed berth in the Big Ten tournament, the pressure was off of Michigan State on Senior Day, May 21. The Spartans' game was off as well, however, as a dreadful seventh inning saw the Spartans (34-18) lose their advantage and give Maryland (28-25) the final 6-4 win.
While the Spartans still have one game remaining in the regular season, the win against the in-conference Maryland Terrapins sealed the Spartans a spot in the Big Ten baseball tournament for the third straight year.
The Michigan State baseball team started the last series of the regular season off with a home loss to Maryland, 6-3.
“Take me out to the ball game” has become a reality for tenants of the new The Outfield Apartments, which has units sitting along the baseball field of Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing.
Jake Boss Jr. has always been around baseball. And to be around baseball is to be around his father. There’s an old adage in the American lexicon about the father and son relationship, which states the relationship, more often than not, is cemented by a ball game. For all his life Jake Boss Jr. has shared the greater part of the game with his dad.
MSU baseball junior catcher Matt Byars, like his game, is quiet. Much like his 6-foot-1, 188 lbs. frame, his numbers are not over-imposing. A ball off his bat has only left the park four times, he’s legged out a triple twice and he’s raked a double 15 times; but his game isn’t dependent on his bat going deep. Rather, his game is consistent.
Baseball at MSU started with humble beginnings. It was the first organized sport at the State Agricultural College in athletic history, which was MSU’s second university name. Students organized the team and played local communities including the Capital Club of Lansing.
After losing two of three to the Iowa Hawkeyes in their last Big Ten road trip of the season and losing 12-1 to Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant, MSU is now in sixth place in the Big Ten.
Since the early 1970s Brian Pushie has been attending MSU baseball games. The 63-year-old Detroit resident said he has seen a lot of change during the time period he has enjoyed Spartan baseball, including the construction of a new stadium.
It was all Michigan all game long, until a Spartan rally in the eighth inning won game two of a three game set against the Wolverines in come from behind fashion, by a final score of 7-6.
Redshirt-junior pitcher Cam Vieaux was unable to pick up a win for the Spartans for his second-straight start.
Head coach Jake Boss Jr. and the Spartanshave one goal in mind for this weekend — to win the series.
After dropping two of three against Indiana University for their first conference-series loss of the season, the Spartans returned to action Wednesday. MSU hosted the struggling Rockets of Toledo University (9-32-1), and took the weekday match up to improve to 28-10 on the season. The Spartans defeated the Rockets by a final score of 4-1.
MSU's game against Indiana Sunday was not only a key Big Ten matchup, it was the start of a rotational shift for Spartan baseball.
On Sunday, No. 23 MSU baseball fell 8-4 in 11 innings to conference opponent Indiana. The loss came after the Spartans staved off one-run deficits in the ninth and tenth innings. The game was the rubber match of a tightly contested conference series between the Spartans (27-9, 8-3 conference) and Indiana (22-15, 7-4).