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Baseball Prepares for Nine Game Southern Swing

Mar.3, 1998

This Week
Spring Trip at Buies Creek, NC
Mar. 7, vs. Columbia
Mar. 7, 9-11, vs. Campbell at Raleigh, NC
Mar. 13-15, vs. Ohio Univ.

Last Week
Feb. 27, Iowa 3, MSU 2
Feb. 28, MSU 8, Troy State 4
Mar. 1, Providence 14, MSU 1

Going To Carolina
Carrying a 2-4 slate, the Spartans head to North Carolina for their annual spring trip. The nine-day, nine-game southern swing features Columbia (Mar. 7), Campbell (Mar. 7, 9-11) and Ohio (Mar. 13-15).

Scouting Reports
Columbia: The Lions, Who Have Yet To Play A Game During The 1998 Season, Will Be Led By Senior Captains Matt Murphy And Dom Balsamo. The Spartans Are 1-0 Against Columbia Under The Direction Of Ted Mahan, As Msu Deafeated The Lions, 10-5, On March 10, 1996.
Campbell: The Camels Sport A 6-7 Mark After Winning Four Of Their Last Five And Posting A 17-40 Record Last Season. A Senior-Laden Club, The Offense Revolves Around 1b Mike Corbitt, Who After Hitting .360 Last Season, Is Leading The Squad With A .396 Mark In 1998. Infielder Jeff Huff Has Also Been Swinging A Hot Stick, Checking In With A .395 Average.
Ohio: The Bobcats will head into the week boasting a 2-0 record, following victories over Elon and Davidson. The 1997 Mid-American Conference Champs, Ohio returns 18 letterwinners from last seasons 43-18 squad. Ohios Ryan Rulse started his season off right on the hill, going the distance in OUs 6-2 win over Davidson on Mar. 1.

MSU Probable Lineup
Pos     B   Player
CF      R   Mike Wagner
SS      S   Tom Grigg
3B      R   Mike Pisani
DH/P    L   Mark Mulder
RF      R   Tom Hartley
1B      L   Ryan Leson
LF      L   Joe Albaugh
C       R   Carlos Fernandez/or
        R   Joe Kalczynski
2B      R   Ted Demetral 

MSU Rotation
(subject to change)
3/7,  vs. Col.:  Brian Murphy
3/7,  vs. Camp:  Mark Mulder
3/9,  vs. Camp:  Gary Zsigo
3/10, vs. Camp:  Kimya Massey
3/11, vs. Camp:  TBA
3/13, vs. Ohio:  Mark Mulder
3/14, vs. Ohio:  Brian Murphy 
3/14, vs. Ohio:  Gary Zsigo
3/15, vs. Ohio:  Kimya Massey

Recent Spring Trips
Year    Location            W-L-T
1997    Florida             5-3-0
1996    Florida             4-6-0
1995    Texas/N.M./Nevada   4-4-0
1994    Florida             3-4-0
1993    Florida             6-4-0
1992    Florida             7-1-0
1991    Florida             4-6-1
1990    Alabama/Georgia     5-6-0
1989    Florida             4-5-0
1988    Florida            11-3-0
1987    Florida             5-6-0

Last Weeks Results
(at Blue-Gray Classic, Montgomery, Ala.) Feb. 27, Iowa 3, Michigan State 2: The Hawkeyes broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh to give MSU its third one-run loss of the season. Despite a solid outing, Spartan right-hander Brian Murphy (0-1) took the loss, as he gave up just three runs while walking none over 6.2 innings. His seven strikeouts moved him into ninth place on MSUs all-time career strikeout list with 144. Mark Mulder and Mike Wagner each hit solo shots for MSU. Feb. 28, Michigan State 8, Troy State 4: Mark Mulder flashed his All-American ability, as he lifted the Spartans to their second win of the season at the plate and on the mound. Mulder went three-for-five, including a two-run double in the fifth. He also limited the high-scoring Trojan offense to just two runs over six innings, fanning six. Joe Kalczynski and Ryan Leson each contributed three hits to the Spartan cause. Mar. 1, Providence 14, Michigan State 1: The powerful Friar offense continued their surge, as they capped off the Classic title with a 14-run outburst against the MSU staff. Gary Zsigo struggled in his second collegiate outing, giving up seven runs in 3.1 innings. Center fielder Mike Wagner went two-for-four with the lone MSU run scored.

Pisani Joins Braves Pipeline
Sophomore third sacker Mike Pisani was invited to play with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League during the summer of 1998. The lone Big Ten representative on the squad, Pisani will look to continue the Spartan success with Bourne, as current hurler Mark Mulder was named the top prospect in the league last season. The Cape Cod League features a 44-game schedule which runs from early-June to mid-August.

Miami (Fla.) 3B Pat Burrell, the lone collegiate player ranked above Mark Mulder in terms of professional prospects by Baseball America, got a taste of professional pitching as the Hurricanes and Florida Marlins hooked up for a exhibition game on Feb. 25. Burrell went 1-4 (single) against what amounted to Floridas Triple-A squad (none of the Marlins regulars saw action). Burrell also committed an error while at the hot corner, as the Marlins stopped the Hurricanes, 9-2.

Straight From The Stat Man
---Stat of the Week: Michigan State leadoff men have reached base in 18 consecutive games, dating back to last season. In that span, MSU has gone 9-9. ---Second baseman Ted Demetral struck out on Mar. 1 against Providence right-hander Josh Burnham, marking just the second time in 109 career non-conference at bats that the sophomore has fanned. ---Junior CF Mike Wagner is the only Spartan who has started the season on a six-game hitting streak. ---Senior right-hander Brian Murphy moved into ninth place on MSUs all-time strikeout list with 144. Former Spartan Tom Olejnik stands in eighth with 145. ---Besides the pitchers, no Spartan fielder has committed an error all season, a span covering 183 chances. The hurlers, however, have made three errors - two by sophomore Chris Yens and one by freshman Scott Brandell. ---Three Spartan freshmen made their collegiate debut over the weekend. Infielder Steve Crepeau scored a run as a pinch-runner during MSUs 8-4 victory over Troy State on Feb. 28. Redshirt frosh Scott Colvin grounded to third in his lone at bat during the Providence contest, while infielder Eric Doyle walked and grounded into a fielders choice during his first two plate appearances against the Friars. ---Junior RF Tom Hartley has played in 51 consecutive games, the most by a current Spartan player. ---Sophomore Ryan Leson has two of MSUs five three-hit games. ---The catching platoon of Carlos Fernandez and Joe Kalczynski have combined to hit .423 (11-26) this season. Entering the 1998 campaign, the two had a combined .209 career batting average. ---The first game of the double header against Lamar on Feb. 21 marked the 150th career game played by senior shortstop Tom Grigg.

Spartan Record Breakdown

Home      0-0
Away      2-2
Neutral   0-2

Day       2-4
Night     0-0

February  2-3
March     0-1
April     0-0
May       0-0

vs. LH starters 0-1
vs. RH starters 2-3

Conference      0-0
Non-conference  2-4

MSU scores first        1-2
Opponent scores first   1-2

One-run games               0-3
Game decided by             2-3  0-0
Game decided by             4-5  2-0
Game decided by more than 5 0-1

Extra-inning games      0-0

Double header record    0-0-1

When Mulder starts  1-1
When Murphy starts  0-2
When Zsigo starts   1-1
When Massey starts  0-0

Upcoming Career Milestones
TED MAHAN, Head Coach has 50 Wins 42 Tom Grigg, SS, Sr.: 150 Games 154 200 Hits 157 30 Doubles 24 100 RBI 74 100 Walks 88 500 Assists 424 Brian Murphy, P, Sr.: 50 Games 40 15 Wins 11 250 Innings 232.1 150 Strikeouts 144 Tom Hartley, OF, Jr.: 100 Games 78 100 Hits 80 50 RBI 41 Mark Mulder, P/1B, Jr.: 50 Runs 42 100 Hits 66 50 RBI 42 10 Wins 8 100 Strikeouts - Pitching 71
1998 Player Highlights

2 - Carlos Fernandez, C - Went 3-4 and a run scored during the season-opener against Lamar (2/20), as well as recording 11 putouts...Went two-for-three in the Iowa contest (2/27).

6 - Tom Grigg, SS - Played in his 150th career game during the opening game of a twin bill against Lamar (2/20)...Reached base three times versus Troy State (2/28).

7 - Ted Demetral, 2B - Went 2-3 in both games of a double dip against Lamar (2/21).

11 - Steve Crepeau, IF - Scored a run as a pinch-runner during his collegiate debut in the Troy State contest (2/28).

13 - Mark Mulder, LHP/1B - Allowed just two hits and struck out nine over five innings of work during the Spartans season-opener against Lamar (2/20), picking up a no-decision...Knocked in three runs with a bases-loaded double to blow the game open against Lamar (2/21)...Went two-for-three with a solo home run against Iowa (2/27)...Carried the Spartans to victory over Troy State, as he limited the prolific Trojan offense to two runs over six innings, fanning six while picking up his first win of the season. He went three-for-five at the dish, delivering two RBI on a fifth inning double to break the contest open (2/28).

14 - Brian Murphy, RHP - Gave up only one run over five innings of work during a no-decision in his first start of the season against Lamar (2/21)...Moved into ninth place on MSUs career strikeout list with seven Ks over 6.2 innings against Iowa (2/27).

20 - Ryan Leson, 1B - Scored two runs while going 3-4 in the season-opener versus Lamar (2/20)...Stroked three hits for the second time in the year against Troy State (2/28), including a two-run, fourth-inning single.

22 - MIKE PISANI, 3B - Went 2-5 during the season-opener against Lamar (2/20).

23 - Mike Wagner, CF - Went 2-5 during his MSU debut against Lamar (2/20), recording two RBI, a double, a steal, and a run scored...Scored two runs while going 1-3 against Lamar (2/21)...Stroked a solo home run versus Iowa (2/27)...The lone Spartan with two hits against Providence (3/1).

25 - Kimya Massey, LHP - Pitched 2.1 relief innings, not allowing a hit or run against Iowa (2/27). 30 - GARY ZSIGO, LHP/DH - Hurled six scoreless innings in his collegiate debut, scattering just three singles while striking out nine against Lamar (2/21), gaining the victory in a 4-0 Spartan win.

32 - Joe Kalczynski, C - Contributed three hits, including a double and a RBI against Troy State (2/28).

41 - Chris Yens, RHP - Picked up his second career save, tossing the final three innings against Troy State (2/28).

45 - Scott Brandell, RHP - Finished out a 4-0 victory against Lamar (2/21) with one scoreless inning in his collegiate debut, striking out two.

Spartan Season Highs
HITS: 3, five times
RUNS: 2, three times
RBI:  3, Mulder (2/21)
HR:   1, Mulder & Wagner (2/27)
SB:  1, Wagner (2/20) & Pisani (2/27)

IP: 6.2, Murphy (2/27)
ER: 7, Zsigo (3/1)
BB: 4, Mulder (2/20)
SO: 9, Mulder (2/20) & Zsigo (2/21)

Hits: 13, At Troy State (2/28)
Runs: 8, At Troy State (2/28)
Bb: 5, At Troy State (2/28)
So: 8, At Lamar (2/20)
Runs-Inning: 4, fifth inn., at Lamar (2/20)

SO: 11, at  Lamar (2/20 & 2/21)
BB:  8, at  Lamar (2/20)
ER: 13, vs. Providence (3/1)
R:  14, vs. Providence (3/1)

1998 Big Ten Standings
(Games through 3/1)
Team            W   L   W   L   T
Minnesota       0   0   8   2   0
Northwestern    0   0   5   3   0
Indiana         0   0   5   4   0
Ohio State      0   0   3   3   0
Michigan        0   0   2   3   1
Michigan State  0   0   2   4   0
Purdue          0   0   2   4   0   
Iowa            0   0   1   2   0
Penn State      0   0   2   7   0
Illinois        0   0   0   6   0

Around The Big Ten: A pair of surprise teams have risen to top of the conference, as Minnesota and Northwestern are sitting 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers carry an 8-2 slate, while the Wildcats have posted a 5-3 mark. Northwestern has already knocked off two top ten teams this season: #9 Texas Tech and #10 South Alabama.

Preseason favorites Ohio State and Michigan are coming off a 2-1 weekend, as the Buckeyes evened their mark at 3-3 with a pair of wins at the Lake Charles Classic in Lake Charles, La. The Wolverines took two of three from Lamar in Beaumont, Tex.

Indiana is riding a three-game winning streak, as they upped their record to 5-4 with wins over in-state rivals IU Southeast (15-6), Butler (10-3) and Ball State (3-2).

Illinois is winless at 0-6 following a sweep by Houston, as the Cougars beat up on the Illini, 14-6, 10-2 and 9-2. Iowa, who defeated MSU on Feb. 27, sits at 1-2 following blowout losses to Providence and Troy State.

Starts By Position 

Mark Mulder 2, Brian Murphy 2, Gary Zsigo 2

Carlos Fernandez 4, Joe Kalczynski 2

First Base:
Ryan Leson 4, Mark Mulder 1, Joe Kalczynski 1

Second Base:
Ted Demetral 6

Third Base:
Mike Pisani 6

Tom Grigg 6

Left Field:
Joe Albaugh 5, Mark Mulder 1

Center Field:
Mike Wagner 6

Right Field:
Tom Hartley 6

Designated Hitter:
Mark Mulder 4, Gary Zsigo 2

Mark Mulder Pitching Log
Michigan State left-hander Mark Mulder has been listed as one of the top professional 
prospects in collegiate baseball. Here is the recount of his 1998 starts on the mound.

Date    Opponent    W/L  IP    H   R   ER  BB  SO  SeasonERA
2/20    Lamar       ND   5.0   2   3   3   4   9   5.40
2/28    Troy State  W    6.0  10   2   2   1   6   4.09
Totals             1-0  11.0  12   5   5   5  15   4.09

Leadoff And Cleanup
Leadoff Player
            G   Ab   Obp    R   Sb  Cs  H   Bb  So  Hb  Sh  Sf
Mike Wagner 6   23  .423    5   1   1   8   2   6   1   0   0

Cleanup Player
            G   Ab   Slg   Rbi  H   2b  3b  Hr  Tb  Bb  So  Sf
Mark Mulder 4   15  .533    6   6   2   0   0   8   1   3   0
Tom Hartley 2    9  .000    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   2   0

1997 Spring Trip Results
3/2/97: Michigan State 6, Florida Atlantic 0
3/3/97: LaSalle 6, Michigan State 5
3/4/97: Michigan State 16, Florida Atlantic 9
3/5/97: Barry 9, Michigan State 5
3/6/97: Lynn 10, Michigan State 7
3/7/97: Michigan State 16, Villanova 12
3/8/97: Michigan State 13, Ashland 0
3/9/97: Michigan State 16, Lewis 8  

Starters Vs. Bullpen
        W-L  ERA   IP     ER    BB  SO
   SP   2-2  4.50  32.0   16    10  34
   RP   0-2  7.04  15.1   12    11   8



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