Sunday, April 21, 2024



Baseball team splits doubleheader

Head baseball coach Ted Mahan saw a reflection of the team’s entire season Tuesday at Kobs Field.The Spartans (13-12) split a doubleheader with Saginaw Valley State, losing the first game 9-2 and rallying to win the second 4-1.“One good; one bad - 13-12 - that’s what we’ve done all year,” Mahan said.The “good” showcased a Spartan team putting runs on the board, making plays defensively, and pitching well.After four shutout innings from freshman starter Bryan Gale, he yielded one run in the top of fifth.Mahan said Gale’s performance on the hill was nothing new from the rookie hurler.“It was outstanding,” Mahan said, “He can just flat out pitch.”With the win, Gale upped his record to 3-0 and maintained a team-leading 1.61 ERA.Facing the 1-0 deficit, freshman left fielder James Moreno led off the bottom half of the fifth frame with a homer to deep left-center field, evening-up the score.After a ground ball out by freshman first baseman Scott Koerber, junior third baseman Troy Bergman, junior second baseman Don Watchowski, sophomore right fielder Brett Wattles, junior shortstop Jared Koutnik and sophomore center fielder Bob Malek all consecutively singled.Wattles’ single scored Bergman, and Malek’s brought home Watchowski.Sophomore catcher Brady Burrill’s sacrifice fly and tag-up from Wattles gave the Spartans more insurance than they needed.The fifth inning Spartan rally keyed around Moreno’s solo shot.“The second game Moreno picked us with a home run, and we had some enthusiasm,” Malek said.“The home run by Moreno was the biggest hit of the game and of the day,” Mahan said.Moreno realized his home run helped spark a sputtering Spartan offense.“After one hit, if everyone’s picking each other up, it can lead to six or seven more hits,” he said.“Then you win the game, and in the second game it was huge.”Moreno had only appeared at the plate 21 times this season, and responded to the chance to play.“I was given a shot today, and I just got in there and took my hacks,” Moreno said.


Team looks to get back on win streak

The basketball team wasn’t the only MSU sports team that had a rough time this past weekend. The MSU baseball team, which was on a four-game winning streak entering its three-game series against Purdue last weekend, now finds itself on a losing streak after dropping all three games played with the Boilermakers.


Thanks for the memories

MINNEAPOLIS - Saturday’s semifinal loss to Arizona brought closure to the most decorated senior class in Spartan history, just not the ending it dreamed of.


Duke, Arizona ready to square off tonight

MINNEAPOLIS - It’s Duke against Arizona, East against West and to the winner go the spoils. Another season of college basketball has come down to just one game, and the 2001 NCAA Champions will be crowned tonight. “We feel honored to be their opponent,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said.


Final game is choice between two hated teams

Without MSU competing this evening for the NCAA title, Spartan fans and I need to decide which team to cheer for.Tonight’s championship game will feature two teams most Spartan fans are not so fond of.First, there is the Arizona Wildcats, who ran over the Spartans 80-61 Saturday.


Purdue sweeps Spartans

Just as it appeared the MSU baseball team was on a fast track to going well above the .500 mark, the Spartans found themselves derailed by Purdue in their opening home series of the season this weekend.


Mason: too soon to start prepping

Going up against defending national champion North Dakota in the Frozen Four this week, one might think MSU head coach Ron Mason would be poring over any tape of the Fighting Sioux he could get his hands on. But that’s not the case. “If you start too soon on the other team, you’ll forget about them by the time you get there,” Mason said.


Richardson blossoms after freshmen season

College basketball is filled with McDonald’s All-Americans and blue chippers that should have been great.But when one blossoms, it’s truly something special.As a freshman, many demand to start, demand the ball and demand the spotlight.


Spartan baseball team sweeps Eastern, Big Ten championship may be in reach

YPSILANTI - The Spartan baseball team glided to two easy wins over the Eastern Michigan Eagles Wednesday at Oestrike Stadium. MSU, now 12-8, forced Eastern’s season record to 4-17. The Spartans shot out to a comfortable lead during the first game of the doubleheader, working their way to a score of 7-2 going into the seventh inning. Then at the top of the seventh MSU drove home the victory when they doubled their score to 14-2, while the Eagles went through five pitchers with no success. An early lead in game two put the Spartans up 3-1 in the first inning.


Field hockey team signs five recruits

Five recruits have signed letters of intent to join the Spartan field hockey team next fall.Jaqueline Ahinga, Christina Kirkaldy, Kelly Collier, Katie Minns and Michelle Carstens will start their collegiate careers suiting up for the Spartans.Ahinga and Collier will bolster the team’s backfield and have a chance to contribute defensively.Head coach Michele Madison said she expects the freshman defenders to have an immediate impact.“We look for the freshman to help us defensively from the start,” she said.“Kelly has a great attitude and desire to play for the Spartans.


CCHA well represented in this years Frozen Four

Despite having somewhat of a subpar year, the Spartans’ intrastate rival Michigan still managed to make it to the 2001 Frozen Four, giving the CCHA 50 percent of the field in Albany.The Wolverines (27-12-5) slumbered through an uncharacteristic 1-4-1 stretch at the end of the regular season that dropped them to a tie-for-second place finish in the league, but they have looked much sharper in the postseason.As the No.


Local artist uses hoops team as next challenge

MASON - Doug De Lind had a pile of scrap wood in his backyard and a television tuned into an MSU men’s basketball game.Then he had an idea.Although he is a ceramics artist by trade, De Lind, a Mason resident, decided to create wooden statues of several Spartan basketball players to commemorate their hard work, success and all the excitement they’ve brought to fans.