Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Sports | Baseball


MSU baseball gains many lessons from Crosstown Showdown

Despite not getting the desired result in the ninth annual Crosstown Showdown, the men's baseball team gained plenty from their exhibition game against the Lansing Lugnuts, the Toronto Blue Jays Class A minor league affiliate. The Spartans were able to get 19 different players involved in the showdown, many players who were getting some experience at a time in the year when they wouldn't be seeing much playing time. Junior infielder Justin Hovis got his first experience as a pitcher since coming to MSU.


Baseball drops Crosstown Showdown to the Lansing Lugnuts 9-4

After a 30 minute rain delay a night of fun began in downtown Lansing. At the Cooley Law School Stadium the MSU baseball team took on the Lansing Lugnuts, the Toronto Blue Jays Class A minor league affiliate in the ninth annual Crosstown Showdown. The game marks one of the first times of the year for students and members of the community to get out of the house as the weather begins to break. The night featured plenty of fun and antics, including both East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett and Lansing mayor Virgil Bernero throwing out the first pitch, fans of all ages, other Spartan athletes coming out to enjoy the night and much more. The Spartans started the game on fire as the first four MSU batters hit through the cycle en route to a 3-0 lead after one inning of play.  The Lugnuts answered with one in the bottom of the second, and four in the third to take a 5-3 lead over MSU through three innings of play.


Baseball beginning to play games in the midwest again

The men's baseball team just returned from a key eight game stretch in the season, the team played eight games in 11 days over spring break. Before heading down south for this trip sophomore pitcher Cam Vieaux spoke of how important it would be being a team from the north to get some consistent play and to get adjusted to playing outside. "We haven't really gotten outside much, it's tough going and playing against te


MSU will face Michigan at Comerica Park in April

MSU and Michigan will renew their rivalry this time on the professional baseball diamond next month.  The Spartans (8-9 overall) will take on the Wolverines (11-8 overall) at Comerica Park at 6:35p.m. on April 14.  MSU did not play Michigan last season but were swept in two games in the 2013 season against their in-state rivals.  The matchup at Comerica Park in April will be the only game between the two teams this season.  MSU will play at Comerica Park the following day as well against Central Michigan (13-7 overall) at 7:05 p.m.  Head coach Jake Bross, MSU Director of Admissions Jim Cotter, the Spartan Brass and Sparty will partake in a pregame reception at 5p.m.  For $30, fans can purchase a game ticket, which also includes admission into a tailgate-style meal and a cash bar. 


Baseball looks to continue hot start to season

The men's baseball team is coming off of a solid start to the season, the team traveled Surprise College Baseball Classic in Arizona going 2-1 in three games.  The team opened with a 9-3 win over New Mexico on Friday, their second game of the weekend was 4-3 loss to Oregon State in extra innings on Saturday, the third and final game saw the team rebound against Northwestern with a 3-2 win on Sunday.