Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Sports | Baseball


Seniors have keyed recent surge for MSU

All season long baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. has made clear the importance of his seniors. He's said before that much like the football and basketball teams, team success starts with the seniors. The MSU football team has had its fair share of important seniors and upper-classmen leading the way to the 2014 Rose Bowl and the 2015 Cotton Bowl, much like the basketball team had its juniors and seniors step up on their way to the Final Four.  


MSU baseball tops Michigan 4-2 at Comerica Park

On a beautiful Tuesday night in Detroit at Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, the baseball team the Michigan Wolverines by a score of. U-M was better early as the Wolverines starting pitcher junior Evan Hill retired the first seven MSU batters before a single from freshman outfielder Brandon Hughes with one out in the bottom of the third. Despite the strong start by Hill the Spartans were able to strike first.


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