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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).
Every Friday afternoon he can be seen taking the mound for the Spartans. He is the ace of MSU’s pitching staff, and for good reason — he is one of the most dominant pitchers in the Big Ten. Redshirt-junior Cam Vieaux has pitched a spectacular brand of baseball this season and because of that other teams loathe him, but respect him.
MSU looked to rebound against Indiana for game two of a three game weekend matchup against the Hoosiers. The Spartans dropped a close 3-2 game on Friday but slammed the door on the Hoosiers in game two, defeating Indiana in blowout fashion by a final score of 9-0.
Friday afternoon’s outing against Indiana was an uncharacteristic one for MSU starting left-hander Cam Vieaux.
It was another solid start for redshirt junior Cam Vieaux — but it wasn’t enough for the Spartans who fell to the Hoosiers in game one of a three game weekend set by a final of 3-2. MSU is now 26-9- on the season and 7-3 in Big Ten play.
For designated hitter and junior Matt Byars, it was just another hit.
MSU got back into action on Wednesday afternoon, playing their fifth game in the last six days. And after a marginal 1-0 loss to Notre Dame on Tuesday, the Spartans rebounded against Western Michigan to improve to 26-8 on the season and defeated the Broncos by a final score of 6-5.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Spartans welcomed in the Fighting Irish from Notre Dame for a midweek matchup. MSU, now 25-8 overall, dropped their second straight game, this time to Notre Dame in a pitching duel, by a final score of 1-0.
MSU men’s basketball started its 2015-16 season with a 13-1 start, but that record has been eclipsed by another Spartan team.
Meet the groundskeeper of MSU baseball's Drayton McLane Baseball Stadium at John H. Kobs Field.