Spartans Host Central Michigan Tuesday In 2017 Home Opener
 
 
 
 
March 20, 2017

MICHIGAN STATE (11-5, 0-0 B1G) vs. CENTRAL MICHIGAN (8-11, 0-0 MAC)
Date, Time Tuesday, March 21 | 4 p.m. ET
Location East Lansing, Mich. | McLane Stadium at Kobs Field
Game Notes Michigan State | Central Michigan
Probable Pitching Matchup MSU: LHP #14 Keegan Baar (JR) (0-0, 7.71 ERA) vs. CMU: RHP #49 Zach Kohn (FR) (0-1, 9.95 ERA)
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After opening the season with 16 games away from home, Michigan State baseball will host its 2017 home opener on Tuesday, March 21, welcoming in-state foe Central Michigan to McLane Stadium at Kobs Field. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. The March 21 home opener date is the Spartans’ earliest home opener since 2009 and the earliest ever at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field. Tuesday also marks the third-straight season that MSU has hosted CMU in the Spartans’ home opener.

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The Spartans are 11-5 on the season after going 2-1 at the Richmond Spider Invitational last weekend. MSU beat Campbell on Friday, 3-1, and routed host Richmond, 13-4, on Saturday, before dropping the finale to Cornell, 2-1, on Sunday.

The Chippewas bring an 8-11 mark into Tuesday’s match-up with the Spartans. CMU is coming off taking three of four games from Northwestern over the weekend in Evanston, Illinois. The Chippewas won Friday’s opener, 5-3, then split Saturday’s doubleheader, dropping game one, 5-1, before bouncing back to win the second game by the identical 5-1 score, then winning Sunday’s series finale, 7-5.

Head Coach Jake Boss, Jr.,Hits 300 Career Wins, Closing In On Another 300
MSU head coach Jake Boss, Jr., won his 300th career game as a collegiate head coach with the Spartans’ 13-4 win over Richmond on March 18. Boss is in the early going of his ninth season as head coach of the Spartans and he now has an overall record of 300-219 (.578) in his 10 overall years as a collegiate head coach. He has a 275-185 (.598) record at the helm of the MSU program, meaning that if the Spartans equal last year’s win total of 36 wins, Boss will reach the 300-win plateau mark as the Spartan head coach.

Hello Home
Michigan State opened the season with its first 16 games away from home, including 10 true road games to go with six neutral games.

Early Home Opener
March 21 marks MSU’s earliest home opener since 2009, when the Spartans opened on March 20. Tuesday is the earliest home opener at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field as the 2009 season opened at Oldsmobile Park (now Cooley Law School Stadium), before playing the first game at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field on April 4, 2009.

Season Home Opener Date
2017 March 21
2016 March 23
2015 March 24
2014 April 2
2013 March 27 (ppd.)/April 2
2012 March 23
2011 March 30
2010 March 26
2009 March 20

Home Opener Against CMU Again
This is the third-straight season that MSU’s home opener was against Central Michigan. Last season, MSU hosted CMU on March 23, 2016, and the Spartans won, 4-1. In 2015, MSU beat CMU, 8-3, on March 24, 2015.

One Of 32 With 2,300
Michigan State picked up its 2,300th all-time win in the season-opener on Feb. 17, becoming just the fifth team in the Big Ten Conference and the 32nd team in the country with 2,300 wins.

Spartans In National Rankings
Michigan State is No. 16 in the most recent NCAA RPI rankings, after being ranked No. 10 last week. The Spartans are also just outside the Top 25 polls, ranking tied for 14th among others receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll, as well as No. 37 in the Hero Sports College D1 College Baseball rankings.

Racking Up The Runs
MSU leads the B1G and ranks 33rd in the NCAA with 7.6 runs scored per game, plating 121 runs through 16 games, ranking third in the conference and 81st in the country in total runs scored.

Individually, freshman outfielder Danny Gleaves leads the B1G and ranks 11th in the nation in runs per game with 1.33, also leading the league and ranking 104th in the nation with 20 runs scored.

Lighting Up The Scoreboard With Double Digits
The Spartans have scored double-digits in five of the 16 games, including 13 against Richmond over the weekend, finishing with 17 runs in the three games of the Spider Invitational.

MSU opened the season by scoring 19 and 14 runs in two of the four games at Abilene Christian on Feb. 18 and 19, respectively, and just missing double-digits in the other two games, hanging nine on the board in the first two games of the series, finishing with 51 runs in the four games (12.8 rpg). Michigan State racked up 28 runs in the three-game series at UNC-Greensboro, averaging 9.3 runs per game, boosted by the 22 runs in the 22-16 win over UNCG on Feb. 25. The Spartans also plated 10 against Presbyterian on March 4, finishing with a total of 19 runs in the three games of the First Pitch Invitational.

The Scoop On Troop
MSU sophomore left-hander Alex Troop ranked tied for fourth in the Big Ten in ERA at 1.93, allowing just six earned runs in 28.0 IP in five appearances. Troop also has a 9.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 27 strikeouts and just three walks, ranking second in the B1G and 24th in the NCAA. With five starts, Troop is also tied for the league-lead and tied for 21st in the NCAA.

Complete Troop
MSU sophomore lefty Alex Troop pitched a complete game on March 10 at South Carolina for his first career complete game. Troop leads the B1G and is tied for the third-most in the country, as Ian Miller of Harvard has three complete games, while seven other pitchers all have two complete games so far this season.

Two-Way Troop-er
Sophomore Alex Troop is hitting .389 (7-for-18), which would rank fourth in the B1G, but he doesn’t have enough at bats. Troop also has one HR, two doubles and two RBI.

Now Pitching For The Spartans...
Michigan State has utilized 14 different pitchers, with 11 of them with three appearances or more, led by senior reliever Walter Borkovich with nine appearances. The nine appearances rank Borkovich tied for third in the Big Ten. Junior right-hander Jake Lowery has made seven appearances, good for a tie for 19th in the B1G.

Ringing Up The K’s
MSU’s pitchers combined to fire 19 strikeouts in the Spartans’ 3-1 win over Campbell on March 17, which are the most in a game by MSU pitchers since at least 2006, according to available records. Sophomore starting pitcher Alex Troop fired a career-high 10 strikeouts in five innings, while junior reliever Jake Lowery also struck out a career high with eight Ks in four innings of relief, including striking out the side in the eighth and getting all three outs via strikeouts in the seventh. Sophomore closer Riley McCauley got the final out on a strikeout in the bottom of the ninth after senior reliever Joe Mockbee got the first two key outs in lefty-lefty match-ups.

9-1 For Second-Straight Season Under Boss
Michigan State opened the season 9-1 for the second-straight year and tied for the second-best start to a season through 10 games. In addition to this season and last year, MSU was also 9-1 through 10 games in 1971, while the best mark in school history was the 1946 squad that went undefeated through its first 10 games.

Milestone Victories
Michigan State’s 2,300th win came on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, becoming just the fifth team in the Big Ten Conference and the 32nd team in the country with 2,300 wins. Here’s a closer look of MSU’s milestone wins:

1st Win May 19, 1884
100th Win May 26, 1905
500th Win April 25, 1945
1,000th Win May 13, 1972
1,500th Win April 27, 1991
2,000th Win April 6, 2010
2,300th Win Feb. 17, 2017

Lumber-Toting Spartans
MSU has lugged the lumber to the plate, hitting .297 so far this season, leading the B1G and ranking 55th in the NCAA.

Individually, sophomore third baseman Marty Bechina is tied for fourth in the B1G at .379, followed by freshman outfielders Danny Gleaves at .324 and Dan Chmielewski at .322 and senior second baseman Dan Durkin at .304.

Swiping Spartans
Michigan State currently is second in the Big Ten and 10th in the NCAA in stolen bases with 39, and the Spartans lead the conference and rank third in the country with 2.44 stolen bases per game.

Fast Outfielders
Individually, all three of MSU’s outfielders ranked in the top 11 of the conference in stolen bases, as junior outfielder Brandon Hughes leads the league and ranks third in the nation with 13, while freshman outfielder Danny Gleaves is tied for seventh with seven stolen bases and sophomore outfielder Dan Chmielewski is tied for 11th with six swipes.

Big Bat Bechina
Sophomore third baseman Marty Bechina has continued his hot start to the season, now batting .379 (22-for-58) on the season, ranking tied for fourth in the Big Ten. He has tallied 11 RBI and four home runs. The four homers is tied for seventh in the Big Ten and tied for 118th in the NCAA. Bechina’s four home runs has already exceeded last year’s total of two round-trippers.

Gleaves Leaves Immediate Mark
Freshman outfielder Danny Gleaves had a breakout debut in a Spartan uniform to the tune of .524 (11-for-21) with five RBI, knocking two doubles as part of this 11 hits in the opening weekend. Gleaves also had three putouts in left field in his first MSU action.

On the season, Gleaves is now hitting .329 (22-for-68) with 12 RBI, five doubles and one home run. Gleaves ranks second in the B1G and 63rd in the NCAA with 1.62 hits per game.

Gleaves currently also tops the team, ranking fourth in the B1G in runs per game with 1.47. He also ranks tops in the B1G in runs scored with 20.

Captain Dan
Team captain, senior second baseman Dan Durkin has a .304 average (21-of-69). Durkin also tops the team and ranks tied for 11th in B1G in RBI with 15 RBI. The captain is second on the team and tied for fifth in the B1G with six doubles, along with tied for second on the team with two home runs and third with 22 hits, while also swiping three stolen bases.

McCauley-ing It Over
Sophomore reliever Riley McCauley ranks second in the B1G and ranks 15th in the NCAA with five saves. McCauley picked up his first career save on Feb. 18 in MSU’s 9-7 win at Abilene Christian. McCauley also collected a pair of saves in as many outings at UNC-Greensboro, in the 5-4 win on Feb. 24 and the 22-16 victory on Feb. 25.

Scouting Central Michigan
The Chippewas bring an 8-11 mark into Tuesday’s match-up with the Spartans. CMU is coming off taking three of four games from Northwestern over the weekend in Evanston, Illinois. The Chippewas won Friday’s opener, 5-3, then split Saturday’s doubleheader, dropping game one, 5-1, before bouncing back to win the second game by the identical 5-1 score, then winning Sunday’s series finale, 7-5.

CMU is led by senior infielder/outfielder Alex Borglin’s .385 average (30-for-78) with five doubles, three triples and 15 RBI, adding five stolen bases. Sophomore outfielder Daniel Robinson is hitting .345 (29-for-84), as well as leading the team with 20 RBI and 11 stolen bases, adding four doubles and two triples. Tuesday’s probable starter, freshman right-hander Zach Kohn has an 0-1 record with a 9.95 ERA in three appearances, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing seven hits, seven runs, all earned, while striking out seven and walking six. CMU junior righty reliever Colton Bradley has two saves and is 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA in seven appearances.

Chippewas’ head coach Steve Jaksa is in his 15th season at the helm of his alma mater, amassing a 455-374-1 ledger.

Series History
Tuesday’s match-up is the 124th all-time meeting between the Spartans and Chippewas, with CMU owning a 67-60 advantage in the all-time series. The Spartans had a three-game win streak in the series snapped with a loss last season in Mount Pleasant, but MSU has won 12 of the last 17 games dating back to 2011, including a 2-1 mark against the Chippewas last season. Since head coach Jake Boss took over in 2009, MSU owns a 15-9 record against Central.

Michigan State vs. Central Michigan
Overall: 60-67 / Home: 35-30 / Away: 22-30 / Neutral: 3-7 / Streak: CMU W1
First Met: June 3, 1911 - East Lansing, Mich. - MSU W, 5-0
Last Meeting: March 16, 2017 - Mount Pleasant, Mich. - CMU W, 12-1

Up Next
The Spartans will open Big Ten Conference action at Illinois this weekend in Champaign, Illinois, Friday-Sunday, March 24-26. Friday's series opener is at 7 p.m. ET, while Saturday has a 2 p.m. start and Sunday is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday's game will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network.

MSU hosts another in-state foe next week in a mid-week game, welcoming Western Michigan to McLane Stadium at Kobs Field on Tuesday, March 28. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m.

Last Weekend Recap
The Spartans went 2-1 at the Richmond Spider Invitational last weekend. MSU beat Campbell on Friday, 3-1, and routed host Richmond, 13-4, on Saturday, before dropping the finale to Cornell, 2-1, on Sunday.

MSU’s pitchers combined to fire 19 strikeouts in the Spartans’ 3-1 win over Campbell on March 17, which are the most in a game by MSU pitchers since at least 2006, according to available records. Sophomore starting pitcher Alex Troop fired a career-high 10 strikeouts in five innings, while junior reliever Jake Lowery also struck out a career high with eight Ks in four innings of relief, including striking out the side in the eighth and getting all three outs via strikeouts in the seventh. Sophomore closer Riley McCauley got the final out on a strikeout in the bottom of the ninth after senior reliever Joe Mockbee got the first two key outs in lefty-lefty match-ups. Junior center fielder Brandon Hughes led the Spartans’ effort at the plate, going 2-for-3 as MSU rapped out six hits. Sophomore shortstop Royce Ando was 1-for-4 with a two-run double in the fourth for MSU’s first runs of the game, while Troop was 1-for-1 with a double in his only at bat as designated hitter.

In Saturday’s 13-4 rout of Richmond, head coach Jake Boss Jr. collected his 300th career win. After the game, senior second baseman and team captain, Dan Durkin, presented the game ball to Boss. Senior designated hitter Tayler Grace smashed a three-run home run for his first career round-tripper. Sophomore right fielder Dan Chmielewski belted a three-run homer of his own in the seventh, part of his 4-for-4 outing with five RBI and scoring four runs. Junior center fielder Brandon Hughes was 2-for-4, adding a stolen base for his team-leading 11th of the season. Sophomore third baseman Marty Bechina was 1-for-2, drawing three walks and swiping two bases. Junior catcher Will Salter and freshman outfielder Robbie Jones picked up their first hits of the season in pinch-hit efforts in the ninth, as Jones’ collected his first hit as a Spartan.

Michigan State clipped by Cornell, 2-1, in the weekend finale. Junior right-handed starting pitcher Andrew Gonzalez went 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits while yielding two runs and striking out four. The innings pitched and strikeouts were both season-highs for the Spartan junior hurler. Gonzalez was issued the loss, leveling his record at 1-1. Sophomore righty reliever Nathan Witt threw the final 2.1 innings, holding Cornell to just two hits while firing three strikeouts. Sophomore third baseman Marty Bechina was 1-for-2 Sunday and scored the Spartans’ lone run after leading off the sixth inning with a triple. Junior center fielder Brandon Hughes was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases, while sophomore shortstop Royce Ando was also 1-for-4, swiping one base. Senior catcher Matt Byars had MSU’s other hit, going 1-for-4.

Last Time Out Recap
Michigan State baseball was clipped by Cornell, 2-1, Sunday in the Spartans’ final game of the Richmond Spider Invitational at Richmond’s Pitt Field. MSU ends Invitational action with a 2-1 record, having beaten Campbell on Friday, 5-2, and routed host Richmond, 13-4, on Saturday. Cornell improves to 6-3 on the season, also finishing Invitational play with a 2-1 mark. Sunday was the first meeting on the diamond between the Spartans and Big Red since 1973, and the series record is now 4-2 in MSU’s favor. Junior right-handed starting pitcher Andrew Gonzalez went 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits while yielding two runs and striking out four. The innings pitched and strikeouts were both season-highs for the Spartan junior hurler. Gonzalez was issued the loss, leveling his record at 1-1. Sophomore righty reliever Nathan Witt threw the final 2.1 innings, holding Cornell to just two hits while firing three strikeouts. Cornell starter Paul Balestrieri went 7.1 innings, limiting MSU to a season-low four hits and just one run, while walking three and striking out four. With the win, Balestrieri improved to 3-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 0.93. Sophomore third baseman Marty Bechina was 1-for-2 Sunday and scored the Spartans’ lone run after leading off the sixth inning with a triple. Junior center fielder Brandon Hughes was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases, while sophomore shortstop Royce Ando was also 1-for-4, swiping one base. Senior catcher Matt Byars had MSU’s other hit, going 1-for-4. The Big Red scored two runs in the second after Josh Arndt smacked a two-run double down the left field line and into the corner. MSU tried to counter in the third, loading the bases with two outs, but the rally fizzled, leaving the bases full of Spartans and no runs. Michigan State did get on the board in the sixth as Bechina led off with a triple to the corner in right field. After sophomore designated hitter Alex Troop walked, junior first baseman Zack McGuire grounded into a double play, but was enough to allow Bechina to scamper home, cutting Cornell’s lead in half at 2-1. The Big Red threatened to open a two-run lead or more in the next half-inning, getting the leadoff hitter on, but was quickly erased with a double play and the inning later ended on a fielder’s choice, leaving two one for Cornell. MSU tried to rally in the eighth, as Hughes led off by reaching on an error and the Spartans later loaded the bases with only one out. However, the Big Red’s reliever Matt Horton got back-to-back strikeouts to thwart the Spartan threat. Witt chalked up a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to work around a one-out single in the Cornell ninth, giving MSU a chance to tie for win the game in the ninth. Byars reached on a one-out error to start the Spartan rally and after a strikeout, Hughes stepped to the plate. Hughes crushed a high, deep fly ball into the Richmond air towards right that Cornell right fielder Dale Wickham caught at the wall to end both the rally and the game.

Durkin Earns Big Ten Conference Player of the Week Plaudits
Michigan State baseball’s Dan Durkin was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday, Feb. 20.

A senior second baseman from Tinley Park, Illinois, Durkin helped the Spartans to a 4-0 mark with a four-game series sweep at Abilene Christian.

The B1G Player of the Week is Durkin’s first weekly conference honor of his career. He is the first Spartan to earn B1G Player of the Week accolades since Zack McGuire earned the weekly plaudits last season on May 2, 2016. It also marks the second year in a row that MSU has earned a league honor in the opening weekend, as Marty Bechina earned Freshman of the Week honors last season in the first weekend.

Durkin had a smashing debut as the Spartans’ captain, going 9-for-18, hitting .500, with 11 RBI with four extra-base hits, and scoring six runs in the four-game series. With the 11 RBI and six runs scored, Durkin accounted for 33.3 percent of MSU’s scoring as Michigan State plated 51 runs with 63 hits on the weekend, including 22 extra-base hits.

He opened by going 3-for-6 in season-opener, driving in two on a single in the sixth and later scored as part of MSU’s six-run inning to break open a 1-1 game and make it a 6-1 lead. In the eighth, laced a double and later came around to score insurance run.

Durkin hit 2-for-3 with two RBI in the first game of the doubleheader, driving in both runs on a single in the fourth for MSU’s first two of three runs in the frame as they turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead, a lead they never relinquished. In the nightcap, he went 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored. Durkin drove in MSU’s first run of the night with a double and scored the second run, both in the first inning. In the second inning, Durkin blasted a three-run home run to right as MSU broke open a 4-1 lead with five runs. In the fifth, he had a sac fly to center for an RBI, his fifth of the day.

Sunday’s series finale saw Durkin go 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He started his day by drawing a walk in the first inning, later coming around to score as part of MSU’s four-run first inning. In the fifth, he drew another walk and scored again, before belting a two-run double in the ninth as the Spartans blew the game open with a six runs, turning an 8-5 close game into a 14-5 rout.

Standout Debuts In Green & White
Gleaves wasn’t the only Spartan newcomer to have a standout debut, as freshman outfielder Bryce Kelley blasted an RBI triple in his first collegiate at bat. On the mound, freshman right-handed reliever Sam Benschoter threw two scoreless innings of work, chalking up his first two strikeouts as a collegiate pitcher. Redshirt-sophomore Nathan Witt made his debut on the mound after missing the first two seasons due to injury, and made two appearances on the weekend with an inning and a third worth of work without allowing any hits. Freshman righty Mike Mokma threw one complete inning without a hit and right-handed starter Mason Erla was MSU’s starter on Feb. 19, spraying eight hits in four innings of work.

Preseason B1G
MSU was tabbed fifth in the 2017 Big Ten Preseason Poll released by the conference office on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The league’s coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three student-athletes from their own squads to a Preseason Honors list. MSU’s Preseason Honorees included senior catcher Matt Byars, junior outfielder Brandon Hughes and sophomore pitcher/first baseman/outfielder Alex Troop.

Byars was selected in the 24th round and No. 723 overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, but opted to return to Michigan State for his senior season. Behind the plate defensively, Byars threw out 12 potential base stealers and picked off two more. At the plate offensively, Byars hit .284 with 26 RBI with 16 doubles, which tied for 11th in the league, adding two triples and four home runs, and was a perfect 3-for-3 swiping bases. He appeared in 55 of the 56 games last season.

Hughes is one of two returning All-Big Ten honorees, as the center fielder earned third team accolades last season. He is one of three returning Spartans to hit over .300 as he hit .303 with 31 RBI, 11 doubles and two round-trippers. Hughes also led the team and was 11th in the Big Ten with 17 stolen bases.

Troop had a stellar first 12 games of the season a year ago before suffering a season-ending injury. At the plate he hit .372 with 13 RBI (1.1 pg), six doubles and one home run, to go with two stolen bases. Troop is also a weapon on the mound for the Spartans. Last season the southpaw posted a 3-0 mark with a 1.64 ERA with 14 strikeouts in just four appearances with 11.0 IP (11.5 strikeouts per nine innings) before his injury.

Returning All-Big Ten Honorees
Infielder Dan Durkin played in all 56 games last season as a junior and hit .324 with 32 RBIs and a .402 on-base percentage to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors. Brandon Hughes was a member of the Third Team, hitting .303 with 31 RBI, 11 doubles and two round-trippers. Hughes also led the team and was 11th in the Big Ten with 17 stolen bases. Marty Bechina started in all but one game during his first season in the Green and White and was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Spartan Roster Breakdown
Michigan State’s roster consists of seven seniors, 10 juniors, seven sophomores and 11 freshmen. The senior class includes Preseason B1G Honoree catcher Matt Byars, who was drafted in the MLB Draft last season (Minnesota, 24th round), but opted to return to Michigan State, as well as infielder Dan Durkin, who was named team captain. Senior relief pitchers Joe Mockbee and Walter Borkovich will anchor the Spartans’ bullpen.

Highlighting the juniors is starting pitchers Ethan Landon and Andrew Gonzalez, who will make up two-thirds of MSU’s weekend rotation on the mound. Another junior standout is outfielder Brandon Hughes, who is a Preseason B1G Honoree.

The sophomore group includes Preseason B1G Honoree P/1B/OF Alex Troop, who played in only 12 games last season before a season-ending injury. It also includes Marty Bechina, who split time between outfield and infield last season, but will be the Spartans’ starter at third base, and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team last season.

Road Ready
Michigan State opened the season with its first 17 games away from home, including 11 true road games to go with six neutral games.

Returning Numbers
MSU returns six starters and three starting pitchers from last season’s squad that advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, posting a 36-20 overall record and was 13-11 in Big Ten action.

Immediate Impact In Big Ten
In Ethan Landon’s first season at MSU, the right-hander picked up six wins in Big Ten play as a redshirt sophomore, which is the most by any pitcher in school history.

Notes From 2016
Michigan State wrapped up the 2016 season with a 36-20 overall record and 13-11 mark in Big Ten play to finish tied for sixth before advancing to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The 36 wins tied the fourth most victories in school history with the 1971, 1992 and 2011 clubs.

• MSU got off to a hot start and its 14-1 record was the best start in school history through 15 games.

• Michigan State pitchers combined for a school record 466 strikeouts - 57 more than the 2015 club, which previously held the record.

• All season long, the Spartans’ ERA ranked among the top five in the country and finished at a 2.75 mark, that is the fifth lowest ever by an MSU pitching staff.

The Last Meeting
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Spartans Drop Midweek Tilt at Central Michigan
The Michigan State baseball team dropped its final road game of the regular season, 12-1, to Central Michigan on Tuesday evening. Three CMU pitchers combined to hold the Spartans (33-16) to four hits.