McKenzie Long is probably a name you’ve never heard before, but she’s going to be talked about often in relation to MSU’s softball team.
MSU Softball finished opening weekend with a 4-1 record, and a four-game winning streak. They traveled to DeLand, Florida to participate in the Westin Lake Mary Leadoff Classic at Stetson to play Akron, Rhode Island, Morehead State and Stetson.
Women's softball head coach Jacquie Joseph is her 22nd season as head coach of the team and after a recent stretch of disappointing play, she will be looking to get the team back on track. The Spartans last winning season came in 2007 when MSU posted a record of 33-26, but since 2007 the results have not been favorable. In 2008 the team went 27-29, 21-28 in 2009, 21-31 in 2010, the team rebounded slightly in 2011 going .500 with a 27-27 record, but the team failed to build momentum from its performance in 2011 and finished 2012 with an 11-42 record the lowest amount of wins in Joseph's tenure.
Assistant softball coach Jessica Bograkos will be one of seven people inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday.
MSU softball has hired an assistant coach who formerly staffed at Purdue and Oklahoma's softball programs.Assistant coach J.T. Gasso will participate in recruiting and player development, specializing in infield defensive play and hitting.
Entering her final season as a Spartan, Kelly Smith knew she wanted to leave her mark on the program, whether it be in the record books or simply leaving a lasting effect on younger players — and Wednesday, she did just that.
MSU softball will look to get back on track Wednesday afternoon when Eastern Michigan makes the trip to Secchia Stadium at Old College Field.
Despite warm, sunny weather, the MSU softball team (8-24 overall, 1-8 Big Ten) couldn't break its cold streak against Penn State, falling 6-0 at Secchia Stadium