After splitting a series with Indiana during the weekend, the MSU baseball team is turning its attention to Wayne State today. The Spartans (22-8 overall, 6-5 Big Ten) host the Warriors (11-13, 7-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference) at 3 p.m.
The MSU baseball team dropped both ends of a home-field double-header to conference-leading Indiana on Saturday. The Spartans (21-8 overall, 5-5 Big Ten) dropped their first game 1-0 at Kobs Field and the lost the second 8-4.
Not even a 7-foot fireballer could cool down the Spartan bats Wednesday night at Kobs Field.When southpaw Nathan Barden took the mound against the MSU baseball team (20-6 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) he couldnt have imagined the Spartans would outscore his Grand Valley team 20-2.But Barden lasted just three innings for the Lakers (14-7, 6-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), surrendering six runs and eight hits.Six different Spartans hit home runs as the team launched a season-high seven over the fence.
Despite rain canceling its Sunday contest, the MSU baseball team left Northwestern on a high note after winning two of three against the Wildcats.The Spartans (19-6 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) dropped Fridays contest 6-3, but rallied on Saturday to take both games of the doubleheader, 3-1 and 9-1.
As the MSU baseball team returns to Big Ten action, it expects better results.After splitting its first conferences series with Minnesota 2-2, the Spartans (17-5 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) are looking for a better performance at Northwestern.The Wildcats (7-13, 1-3) host the first of a four-game series 3 p.m.
This has not been the ideal March for MSU sports fans. After three consecutive Final Fours, you thought the mens basketball team could pull it together and make another run at a title, but they bowed out in the first round. Then, the Spartan hockey team followed suit with a disappointing 2-0 loss to Colorado College in the NCAA Tournament ending the career of legendary coach Ron Mason. Then the womens basketball team created some excitement on campus, advancing deep into the 2002 Womens National Invitation Tournament.
The Spartans home opener treated fans to the baseball teams first shutout of the season.MSU (15-3) defeated Siena Heights (4-19) 6-0 at Kobs Field on Wednesday afternoon.Our team is definitely really confident, theres no question about that, Spartan manager Ted Mahan said.
With a keen eye and a swift bat, Bob Malek has made a name for himself on the baseball field.The junior right fielder raised eyebrows last season when he set MSUs single-season hits record at 88 and boasted a .427 average at the plate.For the two-time All-American, winning is what matters most.I just want to win, Malek said.