Less than a week after MSU’s baseball season concluded in the NCAA Tournament, four Spartans earned the opportunity to play at the highest level by being selected in this week’s 2012 Major League Baseball, or MLB, First-Year Player Draft.
As the MSU baseball team returns home after a quick exit from the NCAA Tournament, head coach Jake Boss Jr. is forced to look ahead. The Spartans were ousted from the Palo Alto Regional in Palo Alto, Calif. after a pair of weekend losses to Pepperdine and Fresno State, respectively. The NCAA Tournament berth was the first for the program since 1979, where the Spartans were eliminated on their home field in the Mideast Regional by Pepperdine and San Diego State.
There was no California love for the MSU baseball team this weekend, as it bowed out of the NCAA Tournament following back-to-back losses to teams from the Golden State at the Palo Alto Regional in Palo Alto, Calif.
The MSU baseball team returned to East Lansing on Sunday following a pair of weekend losses in the NCAA Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif. Crushed and empty-handed, the Spartans enter the offseason with more questions than answers and have plenty to think about during the next eight months until they resume play.
Despite a strong effort by junior pitcher Andrew Waszak, the Spartans couldn’t overcome a late surge by Fresno State in addition to their own offensive inadequacies — leaving six runners on base on the day — and fell to the Bulldogs, 8-2, in the Palo Alto Regional of the NCAA Tournament. season.
Just as in 1979 — the last year Spartan baseball qualified for the NCAA Tournament — MSU lost in the opening regional game Friday to Pepperdine.
The MSU baseball team begins its wild west NCAA Tournament shootout today in Palo Alto, Calif., as the No. 3-seed Spartans take on No. 2-seed Pepperdine in the first round of the Palo Alto Regional at 4 p.m. EST.
Since he arrived on campus in 2008, Jake Boss Jr. has developed a reputation for breaking down historical barriers as the head coach of the MSU baseball program. On Monday, another barrier fell. After weeks of uncertainty, the Spartans (37-21) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No.
The MSU baseball team took a valiant bow out of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday afternoon after battling for 11 innings in its second matchup with No. 2-seed Indiana resulting in a 4-3 loss.
For the second consecutive day, the MSU baseball team looked like it would breeze its way to an easy victory early on in Big Ten Tournament play on Thursday.
For eight and two-thirds innings, it appeared that MSU would cruise to a blowout win in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Leading 10-2 to begin the final frame, a comedy of errors led to a seven-run inning with two outs on the board as the Spartans narrowly escaped with a 10-9 win against No. 4-seed Nebraska.
Behind the conference’s top pitching staff led by senior Tony Bucciferro and the consistent bats of juniors second baseman Ryan Jones and outfielder Jordan Keur, the Spartans find themselves just days away from the opening of the Big Ten Tournament. Despite missing out on a top seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament, the No. 5-seeded Spartans (35-19 overall, 13-11 Big Ten) are set for a 12:05 p.m. matchup with No. 4-seed Nebraska on Wednesday at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.
After late game homers cost the MSU baseball team a pair of games Thursday and Friday, the Spartans reversed their fortunes on Senior Day at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field on Saturday against Penn State. MSU (35-19 overall, 13-11 Big Ten) rode a nine strikeout performance by sophomore pitcher David Garner to a 9-2 victory in game three of the series with the Nittany Lions.
Another day, another late home run spells doom for the MSU baseball team. One day after losing a 3-2 decision to Penn State (29-24 overall, 15-8 Big Ten) after a jack in the eighth inning by Jordan Steranka, MSU (34-19, 12-11) saw its hopes crushed by a late homer in a 6-5 loss. Penn State third baseman Joey DeBernardis’ ninth inning homer was the difference Saturday, taking with it the hopes of a No.
Even after a career filled with memories and records etched in MSU baseball lore, Tony Bucciferro wanted to provide the fans and his teammates with something to remember him by in his final start at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. Unfortunately, Jordan Steranka and Penn State had other ideas.