Baseball Notes for April 6-12
 
 
 

 

 
 
April 7, 1998

THIS WEEK Tues., April 7, at Kobs Field vs.Oakland Univ., 3:00 p.m. Wed., April 8, at Kobs Field vs. Detroit, 3:00 p.m. Fri.-Sun., April 10-12, at Oldsmobile Park vs. Indiana Fri: 4:00 p.m. Sat (DH): 1:00 p.m. Sun: 1:00 p.m.

OLDS OPENER Michigan State will host Indiana at Oldsmobile Park on April 10-12, marking the Spartans first action in the Lansing Lugnuts' home facility.

SCOUTING REPORTS OAKLAND: The Pioneers check into their showdown with the Spartans with a 4-11 mark, as they have lost five of their last seven. Their lone two wins came in a doubleheader sweep with Siena Heights on April 3. Justin Robertson has been strong on the mound, compiling a 3.57 ERA, while Eric Hardin holds a .404 average at the plate.

DETROIT: The Titans have won three straight, as they enter the April 8 contest with an 8-9 slate. A solid core of starting pitchers and a powerful offense led by Mike Daguanno (.361, 7 HR) will be what faces the Spartans.

INDIANA: The Hoosiers have split their last two conference sets, as they check in with a 19-15 mark, 4-4 in the conference. IU split with a four-game set with Penn State in Bloomington (including a 23-17 victory in the finale), and split another four-game set with Purdue last weekend.

Brandt Childs has caught fire during the 1998 campaign, hitting .405 with eight home runs, including a .712 slugging percentage. Indiana's offense has posted a .298 average overall, with a .324 mark in Big Ten action.

IU's staff ERA sits at 5.37 overall, but 7.00 in conference play.

LAST WEEK at State College, Pa. 4/3: Penn State 8, MSU 0 4/4: Penn State 5, MSU 3 4/4: MSU 13, Penn State 9 4/5: Penn State 21, MSU 8

WEEK IN REVIEW 4/3: Penn State 8, MICHIGAN STATE 0: Penn State's Nate Bump pitched a no-hitter through 7.2 innings, as he fanned ten and walked just one. Ryan Leson's clean single to left-center broke up the no-no.

4/4: Penn State 5, MICHIGAN STATE 3: A complete-game, nine-strikeout effort by MSU starter Brian Murphy was not enough, as PSU used a three-run second inning to jump out to a lead they would not relinquish.

4/4: MICHIGAN STATE 13, Penn State 9: Carlos Fernandez's first collegiate home run, a three-run dinger in the second, broke the dam for the Spartan offense, as they recorded the most runs in a game for MSU this season. Fernandez, Tom Grigg and Tom Hartley, in his first plate appearances since a March 9 hand injury, each had three RBI.

4/5: Penn State 21, MICHIGAN STATE 8: A stiff breeze blowing straight out turned the series finale into home run derby, as eleven long balls were recorded. MSU smacked four, including two by Mark Mulder, who went 4-5 with four RBI. Sophomore Gary Zsigo hit his first career tater, while Grigg hit his first of the season.

NEWS & NOTES --Stat of the Week: Spear-headed by a core of fire-balling starters, the Michigan State pitching staff is averaging over a strikeout per inning this season (201 SO in 197.1 innings), a feat never accomplished by any team in Spartan history.

--Spartan starters have racked up 163 strikeouts in 138.1 innings (10.6 K per nine innings). They also have only allowed 45 walks during that time, leaving them with an impressive 3.6:1 K/BB ratio. Mark Mulder (52 SO), Gary Zsigo (46) and Brian Murphy (39) have led the whiff parade.

--With his six innings against Penn State on April 4, Brian Murphy moved into second place on MSU's career innings pitched list with 259.

--Sophomore Chris Yens has settled into the closer role for the Spartans, as he finished out MSU's 13-9 victory with a pair of punchouts, picking up his third save of the season. A right-hander out of Mayville, Mich., has been brutal on fellow righties, limiting them to a .179 average.

--Senior shortstop Tom Grigg has been on a roll ever since abandoning his switch-hitting talents vs. right-handed pitchers. After MSU's first 12 contests, Grigg was hitting just .224 (11-49). But since March 14, the Novi, Mich., native is batting .373 (19-51), and is MSU's leading hitter in conference play with a .344 mark (11-32).

--Mark Mulder's two-home run affair against Penn State marked the first two-homer game by a Spartan since April 20, 1997, when Marty Patterson turned the trick against Siena Heights.

--Michigan State's 4-0 victory over Iowa on March 28 marked the 50th career victory of MSU head coach Ted Mahan. During his three season at the helm of the Spartan program, Mahan is 51-83.

--MSU's 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 1755-1368-28.

--After Tom Hartley's 54-consecutive game streak ended with a hand injury on March 10, Mike Pisani now assumes the lead in most consecutive games played with 42. Mark Mulder (40) and Tom Grigg (39) follow right on his heels.

--Only centerfielder Mike Wagner has kept his fielding record clean, as he has fielded all 38 chances hit his way. MSU's current .962 fielding percentage would be the third-best in MSU history (.975 in 1989 and .964 in 1988).

HARTLEY'S RETURN Forced to sit out since March 9 due to an injury to his left hand, junior outfielder Tom Hartley, MSU's top hitter last season (.360) made his return to the plate on April 4 against Penn State. Hartley, who had been used as a defensive replacement since the injury, got down in the count early before responding with a run-scoring single through the right side of the infield in his first at bat in nearly a month. He came back with a two-RBI double down the right-field line in his second appearance of the afternoon in MSU's 13-9 victory. Hartley made his first start since the injury on the following day, going 1-3 with two walks.

SPARTAN RECORD BREAKDOWN

Home 1-0 Away 7-10 Neutral 3-4

Day 9-14 Night 2-2

February 2-3 March 8-8 April 1-3 May 0-0

vs. LH starters 2-4 vs. RH starters 9-10

Conference 2-6 Non-conference 9-8

MSU scores first 8-5 Opponent scores first 3-9

One-run games 1-5 Two-run games 1-1 Game decided by more than 5 4-8

Extra-inning games 0-0

Double header record 1-0-4

When Mulder starts 3-4 When Murphy starts 2-4 When Zsigo starts 4-2 When Massey starts 1-3 When Steiger starts 1-1

UPCOMING CAREER MILESTONES

TED MAHAN, Head Coach Has 50 Wins 51

TOM GRIGG, SS, Sr. Has 200 Hits 183 30 Doubles 30 100 RBI 87 100 Walks 95 500 Assists 478

BRIAN MURPHY, P, Sr. Has 50 Games 45 15 Wins 13 250 Innings 259 150 Strikeouts 173

TOM HARTLEY, OF, Jr. Has 100 Games 86 100 Hits 84 50 RBI 43

MARK MULDER, P/1B, Jr. Has 50 Runs 56 100 Hits 84 50 RBI 53 10 Wins 9 100 Strikeouts - Pitching 108

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)...Reached base three times with a single, double and walk vs. Penn State (4/4)...Hit his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot to left, to kickstart MSU's offense in a 13-9 victory over Penn State (4/4). He reached base four times, including three on base on balls. He also made 14 putouts behind the plate.

4 - ERIC DOYLE, 3B - First collegiate start vs. Campbell (3/10)...Collected first collegiate hit vs. Ohio (3/13)...Scored twice against Penn State (4/4).

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)...Three RBI and two hits, including a double, in a victory over Penn State (4/4)...3-5 with two runs scored and his first HR of the campaign against Penn State (4/5).

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)...Went three-for-four with a double, two RBI and three runs scored in MSU's 13-9 victory over Penn State.

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)...Struck out seven in five innings against Penn State (4/3)...Lit up Penn State (4/5) pitching, going 4-5 with two HR, two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored.

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 MSU's 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 MSU's 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....Struck out nine in a six-inning complete game, as he moved into second place on MSU's career innings pitched list.

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)...Broke up a no-hitter with a single in the eighth inning against Penn State (4/3).

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)...Banged out three hits, a steal and a walk vs. Penn State (4/4).

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)...Reached base three times vs. Penn State (4/4).

24 - TOM HARTLEY, OF - Went 2-2 vs. Penn State (4/4) with three RBI, including a double, in his first plate appearances since a hand injury on March 9...Reached base three times vs. Penn State (4/5).

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)...First collegiate start vs. Penn State (4/4).

29 - CASEY READER, RHP - Picked up first win as a Spartan in MSU's 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)...Fanned ten and picked up his fourth victory of the campaign against Penn State (4/4). He also started his first collegiate game in the cleanup spot...Hit first collegiate HR, a two-run shot, vs. Penn State (4/5).

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)...Pitched effective three innings vs. Penn State (4/3).

41 - CHRIS YENS, RHP - Picked up his second career save, tossing the final three innings against Troy State (2/28)...Closed the door in MSU's 5-4 victory over WMU (3/24)...Fanned the only two batters he faced to close the door against Penn State (4/4), picking up his third save of the season.

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 4/5)
Team              W   L   W    L    T
Illinois          7   1   18   11   0
Minnesota         6   2   22   6    0
Ohio State        5   3   17   8    0
Penn State        5   3   14   13   0
Indiana           4   4   19   15   0
Purdue            4   4   15   14   0
Iowa              3   5   9    11   0
Northwestern      2   6   14   11   0
Michigan State    2   6   11   14   0
Michigan          2   6   10   15   1

CONFERENCE GAMES ON 4/10-12:
Indiana at Michigan State
Illinois at Ohio State
Iowa at Purdue
Minnesota at Michigan
Northwestern at Penn State

BIG TEN SCORES FROM 4/3-5:
April 3, 1998
Purdue 9, Indiana 5
Minnesota 11, Iowa 5
Ohio State 6, Michigan 4
Penn State 8, Michigan State 0
April 4, 1998
Ilinois 8, Northwestern 0 (Gm. 1)
Illinois 8, Northwestern 0 (Gm. 2)
Indiana 8, Purdue 3 (Gm. 1)
Indiana 12, Purdue 2 (Gm. 2)
Minnesota 3, Iowa 0 (Gm. 1)
Minnesota 14, Iowa 5 (Gm. 2)
Ohio State 2, Michigan 1 (Gm. 1)
Ohio State 3, Michigan 2 (Gm. 2)
Penn State 5, Michigan State 3 (Gm.1)
Michigan State 13, Penn State 9 (Gm.2)
April 5, 1998
Illinois 5, Northwestern 4 (Gm. 1)
Illinois 9, Northwestern 2 (Gm. 2)
Purdue 4, Indiana 2
Minnesota 1, Iowa 0
Michigan 12, Ohio State 8
Penn State 21, Michigan State 8

SPARTAN SEASON HIGHS
INDIVIDUAL-HITTING
HITS: 4, two times
RUNS: 3, two times
RBI:  4, two times
HR:   2, Mulder (4/5)
SB:   2, Pisani (3/7)
INDIVIDUAL-PITCHING
IP: 9.0, Mulder (3/7)
ER:  10, Zsigo (3/28))
BB:   5, Mulder (4/3)
SO:  16, Mulder (3/7)
TEAM-HITTING
HITS: 16, vs. Wayne St. (3/25)
RUNS: 13, at Penn St. (4/4)
BB:    7, at Iowa (3/28)
HR:    4, at Penn St. (4/5)
RUNS-INNING: 6, vs. Ohio (3/14)
TEAM-PITCHING
SO: 16, at Campbell (3/7)
BB:  8, at Lamar (2/20)
ER: 21, at Penn St. (4/5)

SCORING BY INNINGS
Michigan State   15   15   11   14   23   14   17   1   15   -125
Opponents        14   18   14   28   12   28   24   17   4   -159

STARTS BY POSITION
                 Gms  W-L
Pitcher
Mark Mulder       7   3-4
Brian Murphy      6   2-4
Gary Zsigo        6   4-2
Kimya Massey      4   1-3
John Steiger      2   1-1
Catcher
Joe Kalczynski   16   8-8
Carlos Fernandez  9   3-6
First Base
Ryan Leson       14   7-7
Mark Mulder       7   2-5
Joe Kalczynski    3   1-2
Scott Colvin      1   1-0
Second Base
Ted Demetral     25  11-14   
Third Base
Mike Pisani      22  10-12
Eric Doyle        3   1-2
Shortstop
Tom Grigg        25  11-14
Left Field
Joe Albaugh      22  10-12
Mark Mulder       3   1-2
Center Field   
Mike Wagner      25  11-14
Right Field
Tom Hartley      10   5-5
Carlos Fernandez 12   5-7
Mike Pisani       3   1-2
Designated Hitter
Mark Mulder      15   8-7
Gary Zsigo        8   3-5
Ryan Leson        2   0-2

LEADING SITUATIONAL HITTERS
(highest BA, min. 50 AB) 
Overall: .338, Mulder
vs. LHP: .421, Grigg
vs. RHP: .349, Mulder
Bases Empty: .379, Leson
Runners On: .350, Mulder
Two Outs: .333, three hitters
Scoring Pos.: .360, Demetral
LEADING PITCHING LEADERS
(lowest BA against, min 45 BF)
Overall: .211, Yens
vs. LHP: .133, Brandell
vs. RHP: .179, Yens
Two Outs: .071, Reader
Runners On: .100, Steiger

LEADERS
Multiple-Hit games: 
Mark Mulder/Tom Grigg, 9
Multiple-RBI games: 
Mulder/Grigg/Wagner, 4
Longest Hitting Streak: 
Mike Wagner, 9
Longest Current Streak:
Mark Mulder/Tom Hartley, 3

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
4/3   Penn State      L   5.0   8   7   6   5   7   4.65
Totals              2-3  40.2   44  25  21  13  52  4.65

MURPHY'S LADDER
MSU CAREER PITCHING RANKS
Strikeouts          No.   Years
1. Ron Perranoski   223   56-58
2. Dick Radatz      193   57-59
3. Mickey Sinks     180   59-61
4. Dick Kenney      178   65-67
5. Brian Wolcott    177   77-80
6. Mickey Knight    174   67-69
7. Brian Murphy     173   95-SA

Innings Pitched No. Years 1. Stuart Hirschman 267.1 90-93 2. Brian Murphy 259.0 95-SA