April 4, 2014
East Lansing, Mich. - - The Michigan State Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Spartan Sports Network, has announced a package that will provide comprehensive coverage of Spartan baseball and softball teams for the remainder of the 2014 season. Beginning April 4 (softball) and April 11 (baseball), all MSU games - home and away - will be available exclusively on www.SpartanSportsNetwork.com and on the network's 24/7 app for mobile devices.
Broadcast veterans Scott Moore and Ken Friend will call baseball and softball, respectively. Moore, who just completed his 17th season as the voice of the Spartan Hockey team has been a part of the Spartan Sports Network for 22 seasons and providing play by play for sporting events in Mid-Michigan for more than 30 years, including seven seasons with the Lansing Lugnuts. Moore, who in recent years has been the PA voice for the softball program at Secchia Stadium, will get his first call on Friday, April 11 against Purdue at McLane Stadium, and will announce each baseball game through the remainder of the season.
Beginning with this weekend's Big Ten series against Penn State, Ken Friend will call all the softball action from both Secchia Stadium as well as all road venues. A native of Jackson, Mich., Friend began his broadcasting career in his hometown at WKHM-AM, and later joined WITL radio. From 1996-2002, Friend was the voice of the Michigan International Speedway, calling the lap-by- lap action at the 2-mile oval in Brooklyn, Mich., as well as other Roger Penske-owned race tracks in the country. During the late 1990s, while at MIS, Friend was also a producer and audio engineer with WLNS-TV.
"We're really excited to take this step forward with coverage," said softball head coach Jacquie Joseph. "Thank you to (SSN President) Will Tieman, Ken, and everyone involved in bringing our games to our Internet audience. Our fans will be thrilled to know that wherever we are, they will have the ability to follow our games. We're excited to bring Ken on board with us as we get into the meat of the Big Ten season."
"It's exciting that our fans and alumni across the country have a new way to follow Spartan Baseball," said baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. "We want to thank the Spartan Sports Network and everyone involved that helped make this happen."
All games can be heard exclusively online at www.spartansportsnetwork.com. Each broadcast will include a pregame interview with the head coach and a post-game interview with a member of the coaching staff.
In addition, every game is available to listeners wherever they are with the free SSN 24/7 mobile app for iPhones and Android phones. Search Spartan Sports Network in the iPhone App Store and Google play to find the app, or fans may also listen through TuneIn Radio.