Baseball Starts Busy Week on Tuesday at EMU
Spartans will play their home opener on Wednesday.
March 31, 2014
Midweek Quick Hitters
After driving in a team-high eight runs last weekend, Blaise Salter is tied for the Big Ten lead in RBIs with 23 ... Salter's nine doubles are tied for first place.
The Spartans are tied for second in the conference in home runs with nine ... Salter and Joel Fisher both have three to lead MSU.
MSU has swiped 36 bases, which is tied for third best in the conference - three shy of the Big Ten lead.
Jimmy Pickens' current 12-game hitting streak is tied for the longest by a Spartan this season, matching Blaise Salter (Feb. 16-March 8). Pickens is 18-for-43 (.419) over the 12-game stretch and picked up two hits in all three games last weekend at Minnesota, raising his average by .037 to .329.
In blanking Harvard 1-0 and 4-0 (March 15) and Minnesota 15-0 and 5-0 (March 30), MSU has posted back-to-back shutouts twice this season, marking the first time it has done so since 1979.
Three Spartans are hitting above .300 - Johnny Nate (.364), Pickens (.329) and Salter (.321).
Michigan State has surrendered no more than one earned run in nine of 23 games this season.
MSU is 5-0 when scoring in the first inning and 8-1 when it scores first.
Cam Vieaux became the second Spartan to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week as he earned the award on Monday ... Vieaux pitched MSU to a 5-0 win in game two of a doubleheader sweep at Minnesota, tossing six-complete scoreless innings.
Notes From Last Weekend vs. Minnesota
In downing Minnesota, 15-0 and 5-0, on Sunday, Michigan State posted shutouts in both games of a doubleheader since May 18, 2002, when it topped Penn State, 16-0 and 14-0 ... The 20-run margin of victory in the two games was MSU's largest in consecutive Big Ten games since topping Illinois 10-2 and 16-1 on April 23-24, 2010 ... MSU hit .271 on the weekend, while the pitching staff posted a 1.44 ERA and a .193 opponent batting average - its best in any series this season.
About Eastern Michigan
All-Time Series: MSU leads, 92-58-1
Last Meeting: MSU 6, EMU 3, May 8, 2013
The Eagles are currently 10-13 on the season, including going 1-5 in the MAC and 2-2 at home ... This past weekend, EMU went 1-2 vs. Kent State at home, winning the series finale, 2-1 on Sunday ... Mitchell McGeein leads the team, and the conference, with four home runs ... Lee Longo leads EMU with 23 RBIs and a .384 batting average, and is tops in the conference with 12 doubles ... As a team, EMU is hitting.263, while opponents are hitting .296 off the Eagles' pitching staff, which has an ERA of 4.91.
All-Time Series: MSU leads, 32-3
Last Meeting: MSU 7, Oakland 0, March 24, 2013
The Grizzlies are 4-11 on the season and will head to East Lansing after playing a doubleheader at Kent State on Tuesday ... OU is hitting .249 as a team, while the pitching staff owns a 6.43 ERA and an opponent batting average of .288 ... Mike Brosseau owns a team-best .351 batting average and Robby Enslen leads the team with 13 RBIs ... Pitcher Jake Paulsen leads the team with a 2.84 ERA, second-best in the Horizon League, and a 2-2 record.
About the Crosstown Showdown
All-Time Series: Lugnuts lead, 5-2
Last Meeting: Lansing Lugnuts 10, MSU 2, May 1, 2013
Tickets for the eighth-annual Crosstown Showdown are available through the MSU Ticket Office.
Michigan State will host Siena in a non-conference series beginning on Saturday with a doubleheader.