Baseball Takes on ULM in Midweek Matchup
Spartans will play the fifth game of their spring trip.
March 4, 2014
The Spartans will play the fifth game of their spring trip on Wednesday when they take on Louisiana Monroe at 7 p.m. ET at Warhawk field in Monroe, La. ULM enters the series at 6-6, while the Spartans are 5-5 and coming off an 18-13 win over Eastern Illinois on Sunday.
Midweek Quick Hitters
The Spartans` 18 hits and 20 runs in Sunday's win were their highest totals since producing 25 hits and 20 runs in a 20-10 win over Indiana on April 15, 2012.
MSU's 17 doubles rank in a tie for fourth in the Big Ten, while its 14 stolen bases are tied for second in the league.
MSU's 12 double plays are the most in the Big Ten.
Junior Blaise Salter currently leads the Spartans with a .351 batting average ... Salter's 11 RBIs also lead the Spartans and are tied for tops in the Big Ten.
Salter brings a team-high nine-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game ... The streak is one-game shy of tying his career long hitting streak (April 12-May 4, 2013).
Junior Anthony Cheky had a hit in all four games of The Diamond Classic and carries a .289 batting average into Wednesday's game.
True freshman relievers Walter Borkovich and Jake Lowery are both 1-0 and have yet to allow a run in a combined 11.1 innings of work ... Borkovich has made four appearances totaling 4.0 innings, while Lowery has appeared in six games, which is tied for the team lead, totaling 5.1 innings and also has a save.
Jimmy Pickens went 4-for-4 with six RBIs in in Sunday's win over Eastern Illinois, marking the second time in his career the junior has recorded six RBIs in a game ... Prior to Sunday, Pickens last had six RBIs on May 4, 2012 vs. Illinois.
Wednesday's game will be the first-ever meeting between ULM and MSU ... ULM is coming off weekend where it went 2-1 against Southeastern Louisiana ... Of Warhawks that have appeared in all 12 games, Dalton Herrington leads the team in batting average (.256), RBIs (10) and stolen bases (6) ... The Warhawks went 18-36 last season, including a 7-23 record in the Sun Belt conference, which was good for 10th ... Like the Spartans, ULM's last NCAA Tournament appearance was 2012.
The Spartans will head to Texas to take on TCU in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.