Baseball Hosts Notre Dame, Travels to CMU This Week
Spartans will close season-long homestand on Tuesday.
April 14, 2014
Midweek Quick Hitters
Michigan State has won 10 of its last 12 games while limiting opponents to three runs or fewer in nine of 10 of those victories, including three shutouts.
The Spartans hit .304 in the series vs. Purdue - their highest batting average in a series this season ... For the second consecutive weekend series, the Spartan pitching staff limited opponents to a total of just three walks.
The Spartan pitching staff leads the Big Ten in opponent batting average at .244, while the staff's 2.93 ERA is second best in the league.
Blaise Salter has been one of the Big Ten's best run-producers this season, ranking second in the league with 30 RBIs ... His 13 doubles are tied for first and his .541 slugging percentage ranks fourth ... Salter had two multi-hit games last weekend vs. Purdue to bring his team-leading total to 14 on the year.
Led by Salter's Big Ten-high 13 doubles, Michigan State ranks fourth in the conference in doubles with 55.
The Spartans continue to lead the conference in stolen bases with 55 ... Junior Anthony Cheky has a Big Ten-high 20 stolen bases - three more than anyone else in the league.
Jimmy Pickens has reached base in 21 consecutive games and is on a seven-game hitting streak, while Joel Fisher has recorded a hit in a team-best eight straight games ... Pickens' .522 slugging percentage ranks fifth in the Big Ten and his .444 on base percentage ranks seventh.
The Spartans have thrown out 24 runners stealing bases this season, which is tops in the conference.
MSU is 7-0 when scoring in the first inning and 14-1 when it scores first.
MSU is 8-1 when playing error-free baseball and is 17-0 when carrying a lead into the ninth inning.
Michigan State's bullpen has given up one earned run over the past 14 games in a total of 43.0 innings.
After going 12-3 in one-run games last season, MSU is off to another good start in 2014, going 7-1 in one-run games.
About Notre Dame
All-Time Series: MSU leads, 78-54
Last Meeting: ND 7, MSU 3, April 24, 2013
Notre Dame is currently 14-21 on the season and 3-15 in the ACC ... The Irish will head to East Lansing after sweeping Boston College in a doubleheader Sunday and taking took of three games on the weekend ... Notre Dame is 4-1 over its last five games ... Blaise Lezynski leads the team with a .338 batting average and 22 RBI ... As a team, ND is hitting .249 while the pitching staff has an ERA of 3.21.
About Central Michigan
All-Time Series: MSU trails, 56-63
Last Meeting: CMU 10, MSU 1, April 8, 2014
Central Michigan owns a 22-14 record and leads the West Division of the MAC at 10-2 ... CMU won two of three games on the weekend against Bowling Green ... Central Michigan leads the MAC in pitching with a team ERA of 2.99 ... Cody Leichman leads the team with a .357 batting average and is tied with Tyler Huntey for the lead in RBIs with 36.
The Spartans will travel to Big Ten-leading Indiana for a three games series beginning on Friday.