MSU softball coach Jacquie Joseph wants to downplay the excitement of this weekend’s rivalry series with No. 12 Michigan as much as possible, but she knows that can’t happen.
The MSU softball team dropped its first Big Ten game of the season last weekend at Purdue, but still won the weekend series by taking two of the three games against the Boilermakers.
Friday night, MSU softball coach Jacquie Joseph received a text message from Jayme O’Bryant that said she would be better going forward, and she wasn’t kidding.
The MSU softball team didn’t have the weekend it was looking for at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. as the Spartans dropped a pair of games on Saturday prior to the cancellation of both games on Sunday.
The early part of the week treated the Spartans well, as they won five of their first six games before tailing off later in the week and finishing 6-5 overall.
After traveling to Fort Myers, Fla., for five games in the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament, the MSU softball team (8-6 Overall) is returning to East Lansing with three more wins notched under its belt.
It should go without saying that the MSU softball team is in need of a dramatic turnaround next season if it wants to avoid repeating a tragic season that saw the Spartans go without a single conference win in Big Ten play. MSU ended its season with 19 straight losses and finished with a 11-42 overall record. Near the end of the season, head coach Jacquie Joseph said her team needed to reverse its math — allow fewer runs and produce more of its own.
A forgettable season for the MSU softball team ended Saturday with more blunder than bang as the Spartans dropped their 19th consecutive game in a weekend-series sweep by Indiana. MSU ended its 2012 campaign losing 26 of its last 27 contests and finished the season winless in Big Ten competition. The team finished 11-42 on the season with its last victory coming on a 6-1 decision at Central Michigan on April 4.
The MSU softball team was swept by Indiana this weekend to conclude a disappointing season in which the Spartans finished winless in Big Ten play. After losing 4-2 on Friday, MSU (11-42 overall, 0-23 Big Ten) dropped a pair of one-run decisions, losing each game in Saturday’s doubleheader by a score of 6-5. Despite failing to earn a Big Ten victory in Saturday’s heartbreaking losses, freshman pitcher Carly Nielsen called Saturday’s games the best MSU has played all season.
For much of the game Friday evening, it appeared that the MSU softball team was on its way to earning its first victory in Big Ten competition.
The MSU softball team saw more opportunities for its first conference win washed away this weekend as they dropped two games on the road to Nebraska.
Despite losing 18 of its last 19 contests and fighting its way through a recent hitting slump, the MSU softball team maintains a loose attitude, according to sophomore pitcher Cassee Layne. The Spartans (11-34 overall, 0-15 Big Ten) travel to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend for their first series with fourth-place Nebraska (29-18, 10-5) as a member of the Big Ten.
The MSU softball team gets a much needed break from Big Ten play today when it travels to South Bend, Ind., for a 6 p.m. matchup with Notre Dame.