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March 30, 1998

MARCH 30 - APRIL 5

THIS WEEK
Tues., Mar. 31, vs. Central Michigan, at Kobs Field, 2 p.m.
Fri.-Sun., Apr. 3-5, at Penn State
Fri.: 2:00 p.m.
Sat. (DH): 12:00 p.m.
Sun.: 1:00 p.m.

LAST WEEK
3/24, MSU 5, Western Mich. 4
3/25, MSU 12, Wayne State 0
3/28, Iowa 7, MSU 2
3/29, MSU 4, Iowa 0
3/29, Iowa 16, MSU 5
3/30, Iowa 9, MSU 1

THIS WEEK
The Spartans look to snap a two-game losing streak with a single game on Tues. against Central Michigan (at Kobs Field), followed by a four-game set with conference foe Penn State at State College, Pa. MSU is coming off a 1-3 weekend in Iowa City, as the Spartans dropped back below the .500 mark for the season at 10-11. The 7-2 loss on March 27 snapped a four-game Spartan win streak. Brian Murphy picked up the lone victory in the Iowa series with a five-hit shutout.

SCOUTING REPORTS:
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas will check into Tuesdays ball game with a 7-10 mark, as they are riding a four-game winning streak. During that stretch (two victories apiece over Marshall and Ohio), CMU has outscored its opponents 48-23. Rick Hollern leads the offense with a .448 average, while Nick Phillips boasts five HR and 21 RBI.

PENN STATE: PSU checks into the week with a 10-11 mark after splitting a four-game series with Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The Nittany Lions are coming off a wild 23-17 loss at the hands of the Hoosiers, as IU used a 14-run sixth inning to take the ball game. Before dropping their last two to Indiana, PSU had won eight of its last ten. Nate Bump has been the most dominant pitcher of the Big Ten this season, posting a 1.93 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. But PSU has had trouble finding other pitching help, as they carry a 6.61 staff ERA. Shawn Fagan leads the offense with a .507 avg. with five HR.

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

MSU ROTATION Tue.: John Steiger, RHP Fri.: Mark Mulder, LHP Sat. (gm 1): Brian Murphy, RHP Sat. (gm 2): Gary Zsigo, LHP Sun.: Kimya Massey, LHP

WEEK IN REVIEW
3/24, MICHIGAN STATE 5, Western Michigan 4: Trailing 4-0 with two outs in the ninth, the Spartans stormed back by scoring five runs, capped by Mike Wagners climactic three-run home run that put MSU up to stay at 5-4.
3/25, MICHIGAN STATE 12, Wayne State 0: MSU banged out 16 hits, while five Spartan pitchers, led by John Steiger and Kimya Massey, combined on a two-hit shutout. Six Spartans had two hits, as Ted Demetral recorded a single, double and triple, while Wagner notched a triple and home run. Steiger picked up his first collegiate victory.
3/27, Iowa 7, MICHIGAN STATE 2: The Hawkeyes Steve Ramussen beat the Spartans for the second time this season, as MSU dropped its Big Ten opener.
3/28, MICHIGAN STATE 4, Iowa 0: Brian Murphy tossed a five-hit shutout, fanning five in his seven innings on the hill. Murphy kept the ball on the ground, allowing only two fly ball outs, while walking none.
3/28, Iowa 16, MICHIGAN STATE 5: The Hawkeye offense put up 16 runs on 16 hits, as Iowa won game two of the twin bill.
3/29, Iowa 9, MICHIGAN STATE 1: Iowa broke open the ball game with a three-run fifth inning, taking the third game of the series.

NEWS & NOTES

--Stat of the Week: MICHIGAN STATES 4-0 VICTORY OVER IOWA ON SATURDAY MARKED HEAD COACH TED MAHANS 50th CAREER VICTORY (ALL AT MSU). During his three season at the helm of the Spartan program, Mahan is 50-80.
--MSUs 11-4 victory over Ohio in the second game of the doubleheader on March 14 marked the 1,750th win in the history of the program. Founded in 1884, Michigan State baseball teams have now accumulated an all-time mark of 1754-1365-28.
--After Tom Hartleys 54-consecutive game streak ended with a hand injury on March 10, Mike Pisani now assumes the lead in most consecutive games played with 38. Mark Mulder (36) and Tom Grigg (35) follow right on his heels.
--The Spartans have tied or had more hits than their opponents in 14 of the squads 21 games this season.
--Carlos Fernandez has assumed the leadoff spot over the last five games, as Mike Wagner has moved into the No. 3 hole. In that span, Fernandez is hitting .273 (6-22) with five runs scored, while Wagner has a .300 (6-20) average with five RBI. MSU is 2-3 since the switch.
--Shortstop Tom Grigg played strongly at the plate and in the field in the Iowa series, belting out six hits (including a double and a triple) in 15 AB (.400 avg.). He also recorded 20 assists over the weekend, including a nine-assist effort in Brian Murphys five-hit shutout of the Hawkeyes on March 28.
--Spartan starters have racked up 136 strikeouts in 120 innings (10.2 K per nine innings). They also have only allowed 34 walks during that time, leaving them with an impressive 4:1 K/BB ratio. Mark Mulder (45 SO), Gary Zsigo (36) and Brian Murphy (30) have led the whiff parade.
--Ryan Leson, who hit .220 last season, is leading the Spartans with a .341 average. The lefty-hitting first baseman went 3-9 in the Iowa series.
--The Hawkeyes pitched around Mulder all weekend, allowing him six free passes in his 16 plate appearances.
--Scott Colvin recorded his first collegiate base hit against Wayne State on March 25, a single through the left side of the infield.
--With HRs in back-to-back games, Wagner now leads MSU in HRs with three.

SPARTAN RECORD BREAKDOWN

Home 1-0 Away 6-7 Neutral 3-4

Day 8-11 Night 2-2

February 2-3 March 8-8 April 0-0 May 0-0

vs. LH starters 1-4 vs. RH starters 9-7

Conference 1-3 Non-conference 9-8

MSU scores first 7-4 Opponent scores first 3-7

One-run games 1-5 Two-run games 1-0 Game decided by more than 5 4-6

Extra-inning games 0-0

Double header record 1-0-3

When Mulder starts 3-3 When Murphy starts 2-3 When Zsigo starts 3-2 When Massey starts 1-2 When Steiger starts 1-1

UPCOMING CAREER MILESTONES

TED MAHAN, Head Coach Has 50 Wins 50

TOM GRIGG, SS, Sr. Has 200 Hits 178 30 Doubles 29 100 RBI 83 100 Walks 94 500 Assists 471

BRIAN MURPHY, P, Sr. Has 50 Games 44 15 Wins 13 250 Innings 253 150 Strikeouts 164

TOM HARTLEY, OF, Jr. Has 100 Games 83 100 Hits 81 50 RBI 40

MARK MULDER, P/1B, Jr. Has 50 Runs 53 100 Hits 78 50 RBI 49 10 Wins 9 100 Strikeouts - Pitching 101

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 3/7 Campbell W 9.0 4 2 0 0 16 2.25 3/13 Ohio L 7.0 9 4 4 1 6 3.00 3/24 Western Mich. ND 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 2.79 3/27 Iowa L 6.2 10 7 6 2 6 3.79 Totals 2-2 35.2 36 18 15 8 45 3.79

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)...Recorded 15 putouts in the opener of the Campbell series (3/7)...Made first collegiate start in right field against Campbell (3/11)...Notched three hits and two RBI against Ohio (3/14)...2-4 vs. WMU (3/24)...2-6 with two runs scored against Wayne State (3/25), while hitting leadoff for the first time this season...Only Spartan with two hits vs. Iowa (3/27).
4 - ERIC DOYLE, 3B - Collected first collegiate hit vs. Ohio (3/13).
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)...Went 2-5 with three RBI versus Campbell (3/7)...Racked up three hits vs. Campbell (3/10)...Had two hits and a double against Ohio (3/14)...2-4 with two RBI in win over Ohio (3/15)...Reached base three times vs. WMU (3/24)...Tripled and scored vs. Iowa (3/27)...Recorded nine assists vs. Iowa (3/28)...Lone Spartan with two hits vs. Iowa (3/28), including a double...Notched three singles in the finale of the Iowa series (3/29).
7 - TED DEMETRAL, 2B - Went 2-3 in both games of a double dip against Lamar (2/21)...Reached base three times against Campbell (3/10)...2-3 vs. Ohio (3/14)...2-4 with a clutch ninth-inning RBI in victory over WMU (3/24)...Recorded a single, double and triple vs. Wayne State (3/25).
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)...Went 2-3 against Columbia (3/7)...Had tremendous performance against Campbell (3/7), fanning 16 and walking none in a complete-game victory. Allowed just four hits and two unearned runs, as he fanned a batter in every inning...Went 2-4 with a two-run home run versus Campbell (3/9)...Reached base three times at the plate and struck out six in seven innings on the hill in loss to Ohio (3/13)...Had three walks and two runs scored vs. Ohio (3/14)...2-3 vs. Ohio (3/15)...Reached base in all three plate appearances vs. Wayne State (3/25)...Recorded 100th strikeout in collegiate career vs. Iowa (3/27)...
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)...Turned in excellent performance against Columbia (3/7), fanning ten and walking none while picking up his first victory of the season. He retired the final 22 batters he faced while going eight innings. With the ten Ks, he moved into eighth place on MSUs all-time strikeout list...Moved into seventh place on all-time Ks list with three vs. Ohio (3/14)...Shutout the Hawkeyes (3/28), allowing just five base hits and no walks during his seven inning-complete game. He struck out five as MSU won its first Big Ten game of the year, 4-0. With those seven innings, Murphy passed the 250 inning mark for his career.
15 - JOSH AXELSON, RHP - Threw one inning of hitless ball, combining on a two-hit shutout vs. Wayne State (3/25).
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...2-5 versus Campbell (3/9).
22 - MIKE PISANI, 3B - Went 2-5 during the season-opener against Lamar (2/20)...Invited to play with Bourne Braves of Cape Cod League...Went 2-4 with 2 steals against Campbell (3/7)...Had two hits vs. Campbell (3/9)...Recorded two hits vs. Ohio (3/14)...Two-run double vs. Ohio (3/15).
23 - MIKE WAGNER, CF - Opened the season with a nine-game hitting streak...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)...Broke open a 2-2 tie in the ninth against Campbell (3/7), delivering a bases-loaded double...Went 3-5 with a double and a steal versus Campbell (3/9)...Reached base three times against Ohio (3/13)...Hit dramatic three-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth, capping a five-run, two-out rally in the final frame, lifting MSU past Western Michigan (3/24), 5-4...Recorded home run and triple, as well as three RBI, in victory over Wayne State (3/25)...2-3 with a triple vs. Iowa (3/28).
25 - KIMYA MASSEY, LHP - Pitched 2.1 relief innings, not allowing a hit or run against Iowa (2/27)...Earned first victory of the season, going five innings of one-run ball vs. Ohio (3/15)...Struck out four in three innings of hitless ball vs. Wayne State (3/25).
26 - JOE ALBAUGH, LF - Went 4-4 with three doubles and four RBI in victory over Campbell (3/9)...Cracked three more doubles against Ohio (3/15), going 3-4 at the plate with two RBI...Went .464 on trip in North Carolina (13-28)...Hit first collegiate home run over the Kobs Field center field scoreboard against Wayne State (3/25).
27 - SCOTT COLVIN, 1B - Recorded first collegiate base hit vs. Wayne State (3/25).
29 - CASEY READER, RHP - Picked up first win as a Spartan in MSUs dramatic 5-4 victory over Western Michigan (3/24).
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...Fanned nine in 6.1 innings, earning the W against Campbell (3/9)...Recorded 12 whiffs in a seven-inning complete game victory over Ohio (3/14).
28 - JOHN STEIGER, RHP - Collected eight whiffs in five innings during his collegiate debut against Campbell (3/11), allowing just one unearned run...Picked up first collegiate victory with three shutout innings vs. Wayne State (3/25).
32 - JOE KALCZYNSKI, C - Contributed three hits, including a double and a RBI against Troy State (2/28)...Collected two RBI in his first collegiate game in the cleanup spot versus Columbia (3/7)...Reached base three times vs. Ohio (3/13)....2-3 vs. Ohio (3/14)...2-3 vs. Wayne State (3/25)...Clutch two-RBI single vs. Iowa (3/28).
33 - DAVID STRUNK, RHP - Pitched two innings in collegiate debut (3/10).
34 - JERRY NOZEWSKI, RHP - Pitched one inning of hitless ball, fanning two, combining on a two-hit shutout of Wayne State (3/25).
41 - CHRIS YENS, RHP - Picked up his second career save, tossing the final three innings against Troy State (2/28)...Closed the door in MSUs 5-4 victory over WMU (3/24).
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...Threw one inning of hitless ball, combining on a two-hit shutout vs. Wayne State (3/25).

1998 BIG TEN STANDINGS
(Games through 3/29)
Team            W   L   W   L   T
Iowa            3   1   9   6   0
Illinois        3   1   13  11  0
Minnesota       2   2   18  6   0
Ohio State      2   2   14  6   0
Northwestern    2   2   13  7   0
Indiana         2   2   15  12  0
Purdue          2   2   12  12  0
Penn State      2   2   10  11  0
Michigan State  1   3   10  11  0
Michigan        1   3   7   12  1

CONFERENCE GAMES ON 4/3-5: Michigan State at Penn State Northwestern at Illinois Purdue vs. Indiana Iowa at Minnesota Michigan at Ohio State

BIG TEN SCORES FROM 3/27-29: March 27, 1998 Illinois 20, Michigan 3 Penn State 10, Indiana 7 Iowa 7, Michigan State 2 Purdue 5, Minnesota 3 Northwestern 15, Ohio State 9 March 28, 1998 Illinois 14, Michigan 4 Michigan 6, Illinois 0 Penn State 7, Indiana 3 Indiana 6, Penn State 5 Michigan State 4, Iowa 0 Iowa 16, Michigan State 5 Purdue 7, Minnesota 3 Minnesota 6, Purdue 4 Ohio State 12, Northwestern 1 Ohio State 5, Northwestern 2 March 29, 1998 Illinois 11, Michigan 8 Indiana 23, Penn State 17 Iowa 9, Michigan State 1 Minnesota 11, Purdue 6 Northwestern 6, Ohio State 4

SPARTAN SEASON HIGHS INDIVIDUAL-HITTING HITS: 4, Albaugh (3/9) RUNS: 2, twenty times RBI: 4, Albaugh (3/9) HR: 1, six times SB: 2, Pisani (3/7) INDIVIDUAL-PITCHING IP: 9.0, Mulder (3/7) ER: 10, Zsigo (3/28)) BB: 4, two times SO: 16, Mulder (3/7) TEAM-HITTING HITS: 16, vs. Wayne St. (3/25) RUNS: 12, vs. Wayne St. (3/25) BB: 7, at Iowa (3/28) HR: 2, two times RUNS-INNING: 6, vs. Ohio (3/14) TEAM-PITCHING SO: 16, at Campbell (3/7) BB: 8, at Lamar (2/20) ER: 13, two times

STARTS BY POSITION Gms W-L Pitcher Mark Mulder 6 3-3 Brian Murphy 5 2-3 Gary Zsigo 5 3-2 Kimya Massey 3 1-2 John Steiger 2 1-1 Catcher Joe Kalczynski 14 8-6 Carlos Fernandez 7 2-5 First Base Ryan Leson 11 7-4 Mark Mulder 7 2-5 Joe Kalczynski 3 1-2 Second Base Ted Demetral 21 10-11 Third Base Mike Pisani 19 10-9 Eric Doyle 2 0-2 Shortstop Tom Grigg 21 10-11 Left Field Joe Albaugh 20 10-10 Mark Mulder 1 0-1 Center Field Mike Wagner 21 10-11 Right Field Tom Hartley 9 5-4 Carlos Fernandez10 5-5 Mike Pisani 2 0-2 Designated Hitter Mark Mulder 13 8-5 Gary Zsigo 6 2-4 Ryan Leson 2 0-2

LEADING SITUATIONAL HITTERS (highest BA, min. 40 AB) Overall: .341, Leson vs. LHP: .400, Grigg vs. RHP: .359, Leson Bases Empty: .375, Leson Runners On: .333, Mulder Two Outs: .400, Wagner Scoring Pos.: .417, Leson

LEADING PITCHING LEADERS (lowest BA against, min 40 BF) Overall: .222, Yens vs. LHP: .077, Brandell vs. RHP: .192, Yens Two Outs: .083, Reader Runners On: .208, Yens

LEADERS Multiple-Hit games: Mark Mulder, 8 Multiple-RBI games: Mike Wagner, 4 Longest Hitting Streak: Mike Wagner, 9 Longest Current Streak: Ted Demetral, 3