Spartan Sports Roundup
March 17, 2009
Spartan Sports Roundup provides a brief overview of the Olympic sports teams in action. Read a recap of last week's action, look ahead to this week's action and find key notes on each team in this weekly recap.
Last Week: The Spartans are coming off a 10-day road trip where they played six games against two 2008 conference champions in Bethune-Cookman (MEAC) and Xavier (Atlantic 10), as well as perennial ACC power Clemson.
This Week: The Green and White will play a pair of weekday games on the road at Bowling Green on Tuesday (March 17) and against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday (March 18) ... Both games begin a 3 p.m.
Notes: Junior Eli Boike leads MSU in hitting this season with a .327 batting average and carries a season- and team-high nine-game hitting streak into Tuesday's game at Bowling Green ... In five appearances and 6.1 innings this season, senior reliever Peter Wolff has surrendered just one earned run off four hits...Wolff sports a team-low 1.35 ERA and picked up his first-career save in MSU's 7-3 win over Quinnipiac ... Sophomore starter A.J. Achter has the lowest ERA of any starter on the staff at 2.96 ... Despite going 0-2 in his last two starts, Achter has given the Spartans quality starts by going a combined 12.0 innings, giving up just four earned runs and only one extra-base hit ... Senior starter A.J. Dunn posted a career-best six strikeouts in a career-long 6.0 innings in Sunday's loss to Quinnipiac ... The Spartans' 25 stolen bases this season ranks in a tie for second in the Big Ten behind Minnesota who has 29 ... MSU has thrown out a league-high nine runners caught ... The Spartan infield is also in a tie for second in double plays turned with 16.
Last Week: MSU continued its annual spring trip with a doubleheader at NC State, falling in both games, before tallying a 6-4 win over UNC-Wilmington ... MSU wrapped up competition at the Coastal Carolina Tournament over the weekend, going 1-3, falling to 14th-ranked Missouri in extra innings and topping the host Chanticleers on Sunday.
This Week: The Spartans open Big Ten play on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, for two games with the Buckeyes.
Notes: Senior Gina Mondo (Orange, Conn.) led the team with a .385 batting average in the seven games last week, while freshman Lauren Kramer (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) posted a .381 average ... Mondo recorded a team-high eight RBIs and Kramer notched five ... Senior Megan Hair pitched a team-high 24 innings last week, recording a team-best 12 strikeouts ... Sophomore Heidi Purtzer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was 3-for-4 against UNC-Wilmington, posting two RBIs ... Kramer picked up the win against UNC-Wilmington, pitching four and two quarter innings and striking out two ... Mondo and sophomore Jessica Bracamonte (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) both hit two-run homers against 14th-ranked Missouri, helping to send the game into extra innings ... Freshman Ali Grant (Lutz, Fla.) and Kramer led MSU in a 10-8 win over Coastal Carolina, with both recording three RBIs. Grant notched back-to-back home runs in the fourth and fifth innings against the Chanticleers ... Freshman Rebecca Rogers (Haslett, Mich.) made her Spartan debut in the fourth inning against Coastal Carolina on Sunday; she pitched two innings, tallying one strikeout, picking up her first win of the season ... The Spartans have two players batting over .400, with Mondo posting a team-best .423 average and Kramer coming in at .403 ... Mondo leads the team in runs (18), RBIs (18), total bases (50) and slugging percentage (.704) ... Senior Kara Weigle (Naples, Fla.) is tied with Mondo for the team lead in hits with 30. She has a team-best nine doubles and 10 sacrifice hits ... Hair leads the pitching staff with 27 strikeouts and has a team-best three saves ... MSU is 30-34 in stolen bases, with Mondo leading the team with eight.
This Week: The MSU wrestlers head to St. Louis, Mo., to compete at the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19-21 (Thurs.-Sat.) ... Five Spartans will compete in the tournament - junior Big Ten champion Franklin Gomez (Brandon, Fla.) at 133 pounds, redshirt freshman Eric Olanowski (Virginia Beach, Va.) at 125, sophomore Anthony Jones Jr. (Highland Park, Mich.) at 157, senior Rex Kendle (Edwardsburg, Mich.) at 165 and redshirt freshman Ian Hinton (Nappanee, Ind.) at 174.
Notes: Gomez is ranked No. 1 in the country for the eighth week this season after earning the ranking for seven-straight weeks last fall ... Gomez is the 16th MSU wrestler to win back-to-back Big Ten titles and is the first Spartan to record back-to-back conference titles in the same weight class since Nick Simmons did so in 2006 and 2007 ... In his final home meet, Kendle recorded a 6-0 win over Oklahoma's Derek Peperas ... Kendle scored one of the biggest upsets of the season this year when he defeated Iowa's third-ranked 165-pounder Ryan Morningstar, 5-4 ... Jones, Hinton and junior Alan O'Donnell (Clarksville, Mich.) also picked up wins against Iowa ... Jones continues to lead the team in wins as he has recorded 24 this season.
Last Week: Four Spartans competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Jeremy Orr (Detroit, Mich.) finished ninth in the 400m dash while Shane Knoll (Warren, Mich.) took 12th in the mile; Emily MacLeod (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Lisa Senakiewich (Davison, Mich.) placed 16th and 17th, respectively, in the women's mile.
This Week: The Spartans have the week off before they travel to South Florida for the USF Quad Meet on March 28, opening their outdoor season.
Notes: Shane Knoll (Warren, Mich.) earned All-America honors, becoming the 48th Spartan to earn indoor All-America honors and is the first since Brad Gebauer was honored in 2006 ... Knoll was also honored as the USTFCCCA's Great Lakes Region Male Track Athlete of the Year, the first in program history to earn the award ... Freshmen Beth Rohl (New Buffalo, Mich.) and Becca Buchholtz (East Troy, Wis.) earned Big Ten titles in the weight throw and high jump, respectively ... Rohl and Buchholtz became the first Spartan freshmen to win individual Big Ten indoor titles in school history; the only other freshman to do win a Big Ten title was Michelle Brown as a member of the 4x400m relay in 1982 ... Rohl's toss is a new school record ... Both Rohl and Buchholtz were named to the All-Big Ten first team while Rohl was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Sophomore Shane Wells (Romulus, Mich.) broke a school record in the 60m hurdles at the Big Ten Championships, finishing in 7.88 seconds, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark ... The men's 4x400m relay team, consisting of Jeremy Orr (Detroit, Mich.), Keith Hewlett (Detroit, Mich.), Yury Ratomski (Novi, Mich.) and Michael Smoot (Trenton, Mich.), broke the school record after clocking in at 3:09.59, defeating a team from Western Kentucky that had run 3:07.61 earlier this season by nearly two seconds ... The mark is an NCAA provisional qualifying time and ranks 15th in the nation ... Lisa Senakiewich (Davison, Mich.) set an NCAA provisional qualifying mark by shaving nearly six seconds off of her personal-best time in the mile after finishing the race in 4:40.91 ... Her time breaks a school-record that was set by Anne Pewe back in 1982 when she ran the mile in 4:41.50 ... Knoll set the school-record in the mile run at the Meyo and became only the second Spartan in program history to run a sub-four-minute mile as he won one of the most prestigious mile events in the nation by clocking in at 3:57.36 ... Knoll also broke the school-record in the 800m run at the Grand Valley Big Meet, clocking in at 1:48.97, also an NCAA provisional qualifying time ... Orr broke his own school record in the 400m dash at the Meyo, running an NCAA provisional qualifying time ... His time is currently the seventh-fastest in the nation; the win marked Orr's second 400m dash title of the season ... Junior Leah Elenbaas (Greenville, Mich.) also broke a school record, topping her own mark in the 1,000m run after clocking in at 2:50.32 to win the event ... Jay Gillespie (Allen Park, Mich.) notched a weight throw record at the Big Ten Championships with a toss of 19.40m (63-7 ¾), topping his previous school-record toss ... The Spartans saw three athletes earn weekly conference honors following the season-opening MSU Open ... Davis took home the school's first ever Big Ten Female Track Athlete of the Week honor after claiming the 60m dash title with a personal-best time of 7.63 seconds; she is also the first Spartan in school history to win a Big Ten weekly honor twice in the same season since the league started weekly honors back in 1990 ... Buchholtz was the Big Ten Female Field Athlete of the Week after winning the pentathlon in her first collegiate event while Gillespie took home Male Field Athlete of the Week after his then school-record heave of 18.40m (50-6 ¼) in the weight throw.
Last Week: The 26th-ranked Spartans finished the regular season with a win over New Hampshire on Sunday ... MSU posted a season-high 195.675 in the win and claimed four of the five event titles.
This Week: MSU travels to Champaign, Ill., for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m.
Notes: Last season, the Spartans finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 195.050, behind Michigan, Illinois and Penn State ... Kelsey Morley was the Spartans' top finisher, tying for second on balance beam with a 9.875 ... Senior Katlyn Roggensack (Wheaton, Ill.) finished first overall on vault against New Hampshire, tying her career-high with a 9.925; she also took second in the all-around (38.925), while junior Nicole Curler (Bay City, Mich.) placed first in the event with a season-high 39.275 ... Curler also finished second on bars (9.850) and beam (9.900) ... Junior Rochelle Robinson (Chesapeake, Va.) claimed the bars title with a 9.875, sophomore Kelsey Morley (Elkhart, Ind.) posted a 9.950 to take first on beam and sophomore Kathryn Mahoney (Western Springs, Ill.) tallied a 9.875 on floor exercise, finishing second overall against New Hampshire ... MSU recorded a season-high 49.150 on vault at New Hampshire ... Robinson ranks 19th in the nation on bars, fourth in the region and first in the Big Ten ... Morley is fourth in the nation, and is first in the region and conference on beam ... Curler ranks 23rd nationally on beam and is second in the Big Ten, while junior Emily Lopatofsky (Waymart, Pa.) is sixth in the conference on floor.
Last Week: The The MSU women's tennis team traveled to Seattle, Wash., for spring break matches against Washington and Gonzaga ... The Spartans began the break with a match against the Huskies on Friday, March 13, falling, 7-0, to Washington ... The following day, March 14, MSU faced the Bulldogs in the first-ever meeting between the two schools ... The Spartans posted a 6-1 victory over the Zags.
This Week: MSU will return to action on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 as it hosts Iowa (12 p.m.) and Minnesota (11 a.m.), respectively, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
Notes: Sophomore Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.) leads the Spartans with a 19-8 singles record on the season ... Wilson is 3-0 when in the No. 4 singles slot and is 8-3 in her last 11 ... The doubles tandem of sophomores Manon Noe (Liancort, France) and Wilson is 7-3 in its last 10 matches together, and 9-5 in the spring ... The tandem of senior Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.) and junior Christine Milliken (Traverse City, Mich.) is a perfect 2-0 when partnered together ... The doubles pairing of freshman Elena Ivanova (Moscow, Russia) and senior Ana Milosavljevic (Johannesburg, South Africa) is 2-0 on the season when seeing action at No. 2 doubles ... As a team, Michigan State has a 44-41 singles record in dual play, and 24-19 in doubles ... The team has won the doubles point in 10 of its 15 matches this season, including in all seven of the team's wins ... Freshman Elena Ivanova (Moscow, Russia) is 7-3 in her last 10 matches ... The Spartans are 6-3 against regional opponents this season ... The team is 5-2 while at home this season, with both losses coming to ranked opponents, No. 54 Marshall and No. 1 Northwestern.
Last Week: The No. 61 Michigan State men's tennis team traveled to California where it faced Santa Clara, No. 60 California, and No. 29 Tulsa on March 11, 12 and 13, respectively ... The Spartans defeated Santa Clara, 4-3, and then fell to No. 60 Cal and No. 29 Tulsa, 6-1, in both matches.
While in California, the men's tennis team participated in a tennis mixer with the inmates of San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. ... San Quentin, the oldest and most well-known correction facility in the state of California, hosts a number of athletic programs with its tennis program particularly standing out. Inmates that demonstrate good behavior had the opportunity to play with and against the Spartan men's tennis team.
This Week: MSU opens Big Ten play on Friday, March 20 when it travels to Iowa City for a match up against the Hawkeyes, with play beginning at 2 p.m.
Notes: Freshmen Ronnie Hulewicz was the only Spartan to pick up wins during all three matches in singles play; he is currently on an 11-match win streak, putting him at 13-1 overall, playing primarily in the No. 4 and 5 positions ... The other singles wins on the weekend came from senior Scott Rasmussen and junior Jason Norville against Santa Clara; Rasmussen improves to 9-5, playing mostly at No. 3 and 4 singles while Norville improves to 7-4 overall, playing primarily at No. 6 ... The doubles tandem of senior Alex Forger and Rasmussen recorded two wins, first against Santa Clara and then versus No. 29 Tulsa, both at No. 3 doubles; with the wins, the duo improved to 4-1 on the season ... Sophomore John Stratton and freshman Austin Brooks teamed to post a win over their Santa Clara opponent, marking the 11th match this season that the Spartans have picked up the doubles point ... Tuesday, March 12, the ITA released its weekly poll showing MSU ranked 61st nationally; this marks the first time this season the Spartans are ranked as a team ... MSU began the 2007-08 season ranked at 67th, and finished the season 70th nationally.
Last Week: The Spartans squared off against Notre Dame, Virginia and Boston University in a scrimmage in Oak Ridge, Tenn. on Melton Hill Lake, the same lake in which the NCAA South/Central Sprints will be contested this season ... No official results were held at the meet.
This Week: MSU has the week off in preparation for a dual meet at Indiana, opening Big Ten action and the team's defense of its Big Ten title.
Notes: The scrimmage featured Boston University as an opponent, the team that is now coached by former MSU associate head coach, Stacey Rippetoe ... The meeting was the first for head coach Matt Weise and Rippetoe as opponents.
This Week: The men's golf team fired up the leaderboard on Monday with a tournament-low three-under par 285 during second-round action of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate at The Centennial Pinehurst No. 8 ... The Spartans, who were tied for fifth after Monday's initial 18 holes, hold a three stroke lead on the field with a two-day total of four-over par, 580 ... The final day of action is today.
Notes: Junior Jack Newman led the charge for MSU, carding a three-under par 69 to move into a tie for eighth at even-par 144 ... Newman was one of six golfers to break 70 during Monday's play; he began the day by posting birdies on three of his first seven holes and concluded the round with an eagle on the par-5 17th ... Also in a tie with Newman at even par, sophomore Graham Baillargeon scored a two-under par 70 to move up the scoreboard ... Baillargeon had three birdies and 14 pars in his second round, with his only blemish coming on a bogey on the fourth hole ... As a team, MSU played the par-5 17th at six-under par today and are nine-under on that hole for the tournament.