Looking to repeat as Big Ten champions this season, MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. knew he would be relying on a relatively youthful roster to do so. With four incoming freshman turning down opportunities to play professionally, many of the young Spartans have been expected to contribute since day one, and they have done just that all year. As the regular season enters its final month now, those freshmen and other young players will be called on and asked to do more and more.
On a blustery Sunday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field, the third time truly was a charm for the MSU baseball team. In a close game with Minnesota, the Spartans loaded the bases with no outs in both the seventh and eighth innings, only to come out of each situation with no runs to show for their efforts. When the game went into extra innings tied at four, freshman right fielder Jimmy Pickens tripled to left-center field, and two straight singles later, the bases were loaded with no outs again.
In game one of a Saturday double-header at McLane Baseball Stadium, the MSU baseball team beat Minnesota 3-1 in 11 innings on a bases loaded, walk-off walk. With one out and the game tied at two in the bottom of the 11th, freshman right fielder Jimmy Pickens reached first on a fielder’s choice.
For the MSU baseball team, the hits didn’t just come early and often Wednesday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field. They also came at the right times, as the Spartans (23-12 overall, 5-4 Big Ten) registered 16 hits, including a trio of two-out RBI doubles, on the way to a 13-3 win over Western Michigan (16-18).
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- Two future Spartans earn Gatorade Player of the Year honors
- Taylor Alton to compete in college 3-point contest
- Three U-M basketball players to transfer
- MSU, Louisville different teams than 2009
- Early look at No. 4-seed Louisville
- Thornton 'irritated' with 'cheap' play
- Green, Izzo reflect more on triple-double
- Freshmen Kearney, Trice play well in NCAA Tournament debut
- Saint Louis beats Memphis, awaits winner of MSU and LIU Brooklyn
- MSU fans send Spartans off to arena
- Green: guard play important, Izzo's intensity rises
- Izzo happy with tournament title, still prefers regular season
- Wood takes center stage in front of hometown fans
- Rob Wilson lights up Indiana, helps Wisconsin move on to play MSU
- Green, Izzo earn USBWA honors
- Early look at the Big Ten Tournament
- Appling's slump continues against Indiana
- Izzo: 'I don't fear the zone at all'