Two Top Baseball Prospects to Duel on Friday

Spartans travel to Penn State.

March 30, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich - Two of the top collegiate baseball pitching prospects in the country will square off in the opener of the Michigan State-Penn State series in State College, Pa., on Fri., April 3, at 2:00 p.m.

Junior southpaw Mark Mulder, discussed as a possible No. 1 overall pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in the upcoming amateur draft, will take the hill for Michigan State. A 6-foot-6, 200 pound native of South Holland, Ill., Mulder was named the No. 2 overall prospect in college baseball to in the preseason edition of Baseball America. Thus far this season, Mulder has struck out 45 in 35.2 innings, going 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA. He had the greatest game of his collegiate career on March 7, as he struck out 16 while allowing no walks or earned runs in a 6-2 victory over Campbell.

Senior Nate Bump will take the hill for the Nittany Lions. A right-hander out of Monroetown, Pa., he has burst onto the national scene with dazzling 1.93 ERA, fanning 60 in 46.2 innings. He is 3-1, while allowing opponents to bat just .202 against him. Last week,s Big Ten pitcher of the week, he has won three in a row, despite a no-decision on March 27 against Indiana.