Spartan Sports Roundup
 
 
 
<i> Senior Nicole Bush and the Spartan track & field team opens the outdoor season this weekend. </i>
 
Senior Nicole Bush and the Spartan track & field team opens the outdoor season this weekend.
 
 

March 25, 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.

 Community Service

This Week: The MSU volleyball team will participate in reading month this week as they are scheduled to read Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Lewton Elementary School in Lansing.

 Baseball

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Last Week: The Spartans went 4-1 last week, including a three-game sweep of Oakland at Oldsmobile Park.

This Week: Michigan State, currently on a four-game winning streak, will host Western Michigan at 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday at Oldsmobile Park before heading to Champaign, Ill., to begin Big Ten play ... The Spartans will face Illinois on Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday's games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

Notes: Junior Eli Boike continues to lead MSU in batting with a .352 average and also leads the team in home runs with five ... Fellow junior Chris Roberts isn't far behind as he is currently hitting .349 with the help of home runs in back-to-back games last week ... Junior Bo Felt drove in eight runs in five games last week, including a two-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday (March 22) vs. Oakland, breaking a 5-5 tie ... Felt currently has a team-high six-game hitting streak ... Senior starter Nolan Moody threw his first-career complete game on Friday (March 20) in an 8-4 victory over Oakland ... Moody, now 3-2, owns a 3.27 ERA and has struck out 18 batters in five starts ... With 30 stolen bases this season, the Spartans rank second in the Big Ten behind only Minnesota (31) ... Boike's five home runs are tied for sixth-most in the conference ... Senior reliever Peter Wolff's two saves are tied for second most in the Big Ten.

 Softball

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Last Week: Michigan State traveled to Columbus, Ohio to open the Big Ten season, falling in both games to the 17th-ranked Buckeyes ... MSU lost 8-0 on Saturday and 9-1 on Sunday ... On Sunday, sophomore Jessica Bracamonte batted in the Spartans' only run, and freshman Lauren Kramer struck out two through five innings ... Sophomore Lindsey Hansen was 2-for-3 at the plate, with a double and a triple in the game.

This Week: The Spartans open their home season with a game against in-state rival Western Michigan on Tuesday; the game marks the debut of the recently renovated Old College Field ... MSU then hosts Detroit in a doubleheader on Wednesday with the first game starting at 3 p.m. ... MSU will the travel to Champaign, Ill., for a two-game series with the Illini starting on Saturday ... The game against the Illini on Sunday will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m.

Notes: Sophomore Jessica Bracamonte (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) batted in the Spartans' only run against Ohio State and freshman Lauren Kramer (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) struck out two through five innings ... Sophomore Lindsey Hansen (Valparaiso, Fla.) was 2-for-3 at the plate, with a double and a triple in the game ... Senior Gina Mondo (Orange, Conn.) leads the team with a .403 batting average; she also leads the team in runs (18), hits (31), RBI (18), total bases (52) and slugging percentage (.675) ... Senior Kara Weigle (Naples, Fla.) has a second-best 30 hits, along with a team-best nine doubles and 10 sacrifice hits ... Senior Megan Hair (Torrance, Calif.) leads the pitching staff with 28 strikeouts and has a team-best three saves ... MSU is 32-36 in stolen bases as Mondo leads the team with eight ... The Spartans have hit 24 home runs in 25 games, with Hansen notching a team-high six; Mondo and Kramer have each added four homers ... Mondo ranks fifth on MSU's all-time home runs list with 17 in her career ... Hair recorded her 150th career strikeout on March 21 at Ohio State ... Sophomore Karen Fox (Flushing, Mich.) and freshman Ali Grant (Lutz, Fla.) lead the team in fielding percentage ... All three have not committed an error in the 25 games ... Four Spartans have started all 25 games; Senior Kara Weigle has started behind the plate, sophomore Lindsey Hansen has played at shortstop and classmate Jessica Bracamonte has held down center field and freshman Ali Grant has started in right field during very game.

 Wrestling

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Last Week: The Spartans concluded their season as five grapplers represented Michigan State at the NCAA National Championships in St. Louis, Mo. ... Junior top-seed Franklin Gomez (Brandon, Fla.) won the 133-pound national title after defeating Reece Humphrey of Ohio State, 5-4, in a rematch of the Big Ten Championship, also won by Gomez.

Notes: Gomez is the 19th MSU wrestler to win a national championship and the first since Kelvin Jackson won the title at 118 pounds in 1995 ... It marks the 25th time that a Spartan has claimed an individual national title ... 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, senior Rex Kendle (Edwardsburg, Mich.)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 ... Anthony Jones (Highland Park, Mich.), Ian Hinton (Nappanee, Ind.) and junior Alan O'Donnell (Clarksville, Mich.) also picked up wins against Iowa ... Jones led the team in wins with 24 this season.

 Outdoor Track & Field

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Last Week: The Spartans had the week off after the conclusion of the indoor season ... Four student-athletes - Jeremy Orr (Detroit, Mich.), Shane Knoll (Warren, Mich.), Emily MacLeod (Cincinnatti, Ohio) and Lisa Senakiewich (Davison, Mich.) competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Knoll earned All-America honors in the men's mile at the event.

This Week: The Spartans will travel to South Florida for the USF Quad Meet on March 28, opening their outdoor season.

Notes: Knoll 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.

 Gymnastics

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Last Week: The 26th-ranked Spartans finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 195.650 ... Sophomore Kelsey Morley (Elkhart, Ind.) tied for second overall on balance beam with a 9.875, while junior Rochelle Robinson (Chesapeake, Va.) tied for sixth on uneven bars with a 9.850.

This Week: The Spartans will have the week off to prepare for the NCAA Regional Championships, contested on April 4th at six sites throughout the nation ... MSU will be traveling to Columbus, Ohio for the NCAA Central Regional.

Notes: MSU has qualified to participate at the NCAA Central Regional on Saturday, April 4; the Spartans are the No. 6 seed in the region ... The top two seeds in the region are LSU and Oregon State; the two teams with the highest scores at the event advance to the NCAA National Championships, while the top two all-around competitors, not on a qualifying team, will also advance ... Three Spartans earned All-Big Ten honors at the annual awards banquet; Robinson was a first team selection, while Nicole Curler (Bay City, Mich.) and Morley were named to the second team ... Robinson and Curler garner All-Big Ten honors for the third-straight year; Robinson is now a three-time first team selection, while Morley collected conference recognition for the first time in her career ... 2009 marks the third-straight season the Spartans have had three student-athletes honored ... MSU has 42 All-Big Ten selections all-time, including 30 which have been under the guidance of 19-year head coach Kathie Klages ... The Spartans began the Big Ten Championship on floor, tallying a 49.150; five of the six MSU gymnasts recorded a 9.800 or better, with sophomore Kathryn Mahoney (Western Springs, Ill.) and senior Katlyn Roggensack (Wheaton, Ill.) both posting a 9.875 to tie for 11th overall ... Roggensack's score tied her career-high on the event ... After a bye, MSU continued on vault, posting a 48.950. Robinson posted a team-best 9.825, while junior Emily Lopatofsky (Waymart, Pa.) and Roggensack both recorded 9.800. The Spartans moved straight to bars, notching a 48.725, with Robinson leading the way after tallying a 9.850 to finish in a tie for sixth. Curler recorded a 9.775 and freshman Jackie Berg (Tinley Park, Ill.) made her Big Ten Championships debut with a 9.750. After another bye, MSU finished the competition on balance beam, posting a 48.825. Morley led the Spartans, posting a 9.875 to tie for second overall behind Camelina Carabajal of Minnesota. Roggensack recorded a season-high 9.825 and Curler tallied a 9.800 to finish tied for 10th and 12th, respectively. Roggensack led MSU in the all-around, setting a career-high 39.150 to finish 11th overall. Curler placed 12th with a 39.125 and Lopatofsky recorded a 38.350 ... Robinson ranks 21st in the nation on bars, first in the Big Ten and fifth in the region... Morley is third in the nation and is first in the region and Big Ten on beam ... Curler ranks 29th nationally on beam and is third in the Big Ten, while Lopatofsky is seventh in the Big Ten on floor.

 Women's Tennis

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Last Week: The Michigan State women's tennis team dropped a pair of home matches this weekend, falling, 4-3, to No. 72 Iowa on Saturday and 6-1 to Minnesota on Sunday ... The Spartans fall to 5-4 at home on the season; all of their losses have come against ITA ranked opponents - No. 54 Marshall, No. 1 Northwestern, No. 72 Iowa and No. 59 Minnesota.

This Week: The Spartans will return to action on Sunday, March 29, as they face Big Ten foe Wisconsin at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility at 11 a.m.

Notes: Sophomore Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.) leads the Spartans with a 19-10 singles record on the season ... Wilson is 3-0 when in the No. 4 singles slot ... The doubles tandem of Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.) and Elena Ivanova (Moscow, Russia) is 5-2 in its last 7 matches, winning three straight ... The tandem of Kebler and junior Christine Milliken (Traverse City, Mich.) is a perfect 2-0 when partnered together ... The doubles pairing of freshman Ivanova and senior Ana Milosavljevic (Johannesburg, South Africa) is 2-0 on the season when seeing action at No. 2 doubles ... The team has won the doubles point in 11 of their 17 matches this season ... Freshman Dana Guentert (Lilburn, Ga.) is 8-2 in her last 10 completed matches, winning her last three; she is now 14-6 on the season ... Ivanova ranks second on the team in wins as she has posted 16 on the season ... Kebler and Milosavljevic each have 13 wins on the season.

 Men's Tennis

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Last Week: Michigan State began Big Ten play on Friday, facing No. 67 Iowa in Iowa City and continuing on to No. 37 Minnesota on Sunday. The Spartans fell to Iowa 4-3, and Minnesota, 6-1, putting them at 12-5 in overall play.

This Week: MSU will travel to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday to take on No. 51 Northwestern ... The Spartans continue their road trip on Sunday with a match at No. 29 Wisconsin.

Notes: Senior John Allare (Mason, Ohio) and junior Jason Norville (Farmington Hills, Mich.) picked up the two singles wins in the match against Iowa ... The doubles team of Allare and Norville defeated No. 55 Christian Bierich and Nikita Zotov, 9-8, improving to 10-3 in dual play ... The doubles tandem of Austin Brooks (Houston, Texas) and John Stratton (Monroeville, N.J.) were the only doubles team to pick up wins against both Iowa and Minnesota, with both wins coming at the No. 2 spot; the duo is currently riding a three-match win streak ... Freshman Ronnie Hulewicz (Tequesta, Fla.) was the only Spartan to post a win over his Minnesota opponent in singles play; after the two matches, he stands at 14-2 overall ... MSU picked up the doubles point for the 12th time this season against Iowa ... MSU is 12-5 overall with 11 of those wins coming at home and one on the road ... They have fallen to No. 25 Notre Dame, No. 29 Tulsa, No. 60 California, No. 37 Minnesota and No. 67 Iowa ... The Spartans are ranked 68th in the latest poll released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

 Rowing

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Last Week: MSU had the week off after participating in a scrimmage against Notre Dame, Boston University and Virginia one week ago, no official stats were kept at the scrimmage.

This Week: The rowing team will head to the Grand River this weekend for its only home races of the Spring ... The Spartans will clash with Notre Dame, with the meet scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Notes: The Spartans will begin defense of their Big Ten and NCAA Central Regional titles this weekend as the regular season opens this weekend ... The MSU rowing program has qualified for the NCAA National Regatta in 10 of the last 11 seasons and will look to make it 11 of 12 this season ... MSU tied its best finish ever last season, finishing sixth overall at the National Regatta.