Thursday, May 23, 2024

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Baseball wins its opening Big Ten Tournament game

The No. 2-seeded MSU baseball team (35-19 overall, 16-9 Big Ten) shook off a two hour and 15 minute rain delay and used a collaborative hitting effort to rally behind senior pitcher Kurt Wunderlich to defeat Purdue, 7-1. With the win Thursday, MSU remains undefeated against the Boilermakers on the year, earlier sweeping them in three games during the first weekend in May.

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MSU looks to carry momentum into tournament

The MSU baseball team (34-19 overall, 15-9 Big Ten), which clinched a share of the Big Ten championship with Illinois last week, heads to Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday to face Purdue (37-18, 15-10) at 3:35 p.m. The tournament berth marks MSU’s ninth appearance in the Big Ten Tournament and second in the last three years.

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Spartans earn share of Big Ten championship following weekend series

When junior pitcher Tony Bucciferro took the mound for the ninth inning of Friday’s game against Northwestern, he knew a complete game and the Big Ten championship were just three outs away. With a touch of swagger, Bucciferro dialed up his fastball and slider to strike out the side and deliver the first Big Ten title to the MSU baseball program since 1979. Bucciferro and senior pitcher Kurt Wunderlich threw a pair of complete games for the Spartans (34-19 overall, 15-9 Big Ten) over the weekend and capped off a strong pitching year for each of the players and for the program. “I knew it was going to happen, and I was fired-up,” Bucciferro said. “(Boss) has turned this program around.

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MSU falls to Northwestern, still celebrates Big Ten championship

Unfortunately Northwestern (20-29, 10-13) had other ideas for the Spartans (34-19 overall, 15-9 Big Ten), as they upended Senior Day at McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field, 6-5. The day was not a total loss for MSU as they were presented with the Big Ten championship trophy by Athletics Director Mark Hollis and MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, along with championship shirts and hats, following the conclusion of the game.

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Wunderlich throws complete game shutout, MSU beats Northwestern

In his last career start at McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field, senior pitcher Kurt Wunderlich threw a complete game shutout, as the Spartans (33-18 overall, 14-8 Big Ten) downed Big Ten foe Northwestern (19-28, 9-12), 3-0. With the win, the Spartans edged ever closer to winning a Big Ten championship — the program’s first since 1979.

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Lasting Legacy

The MSU baseball team stands in position to win the Big Ten as its seniors take the field at home for their last weekend series against Northwestern.

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MSU baseball looks to win conference title on final weekend

As the Spartans (32-18 overall, 13-8 Big Ten) head into their final regular season series — hosting Northwestern (19-27, 9-11) with game one at 3:05 p.m. Thursday — they hold a one-game lead over Minnesota (21-20, 12-9) and Illinois (22-25, 12-9) in the Big Ten. To be guaranteed outright champions, MSU will have to sweep the Wildcats at McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs field.

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MSU bats come up big in blowout win against Notre Dame

With a big conference series against Northwestern starting Thursday, the MSU baseball team (32-18 overall, 13-8 Big Ten) took out the frustrations of the past weekend with heavy hitting to deliver a 20-3 win against the Fighting Irish at Frank Eck Baseball Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

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Indiana sweeps weekend series, Spartans still Big Ten leaders

Coming into the weekend, the MSU baseball team held a commanding three-game lead in the Big Ten standings and was edging ever closer to their first Big Ten championship since 1979. After being swept in three games by Indiana (30-21 overall, 11-10 Big Ten), the Spartans’ (31-18, 13-8) lead has been slimmed to one after two weekend losses by Minnesota to Penn State.

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MSU set to take on fellow first place team Penn State

The Spartans (24-13 overall, 7-5 Big Ten) dropped two consecutive weekend series. They are deadlocked in a three-way tie for the lead in the Big Ten. And one of those teams, Penn State (24-13, 7-5), is coming to try and keep the Spartans in that slump today at McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field.

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Like a boss

Following his hiring as the MSU baseball coach Jake Boss Jr. asked his father, Jake Boss Sr., to help lead the team after years of high coaching experience.