With 16 experienced players returning from last season’s roster, the MSU softball team has a chance to make some noise in the Big Ten next spring. Add in the fact they’ll be playing in a newly renovated, $2 million stadium, and the Spartans have a lot to look forward to in 2011. The renovations to the softball stadium, which include 120 chair back seats, a new press box, backstops and handicap-accessible seating, are expected to be finished in December, making it ready for next season.
After a season filled with a multitude of extreme highs and lows, MSU head coach Jacquie Joseph used one word more than any other to describe the 2010 campaign: Inconsistent. The Spartans finished the season with a 21-31 overall record and 5-15 in the Big Ten
After a week where her team was outscored 36-4 and couldn’t seem to get back up after being constantly knocked down, softball head coach Jacquie Joseph let her players take this past weekend off and get away from softball.
There is no better way to describe the MSU softball team’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of Northwestern than by looking at the stat line.
Lindsey Hansen came to MSU from Valparaiso, Fla., intending to play third base, but with the departure of the starting shortstop, Hansen, then a sophomore, stepped in and didn’t miss a beat.
Prior to last weekend’s series against Minnesota, the MSU softball team was 2-8 in one-run games, including a February stretch in which it lost four out of five games by 2-1 scores. Fast-forward one week after sweeping Minnesota by scores of 2-1 and 7-6, and the Spartans (16-17 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) have a newfound confidence going into this weekend’s series at Indiana (7-21, 0-2). “We weren’t tough enough, and we weren’t finishing, so we had leads, and then we blew it in the end,” MSU softball head coach Jacquie Joseph said. “We’ve been doing that a lot.
After overcoming rain and a three-run first inning deficit, the MSU softball team couldn’t overcome a late Iowa rally, falling 7-6 to the Hawkeyes on Sunday. Two sixth-inning tallies completed Iowa’s comeback from down 6-5 and lifted the Hawkeyes to a one-run win on a wild afternoon that featured several lead changes.
The MSU softball team is more than ready to come home. After being on the road for 27 straight games dating back to Feb. 12, the Spartans will play their home opener at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Western Michigan at Old College Field.