Spartans take on CMU in Clash at Comerica
April 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State baseball will play its second straight non-conference opponent when it takes on Central Michigan on Wednesday in the "Clash at Comerica" in Detroit at 6:35 p.m. The Spartans are 2-0 in the series in Detroit, winning 3-1 in 2011 and 5-2 in 2012.
"We need to play like we played last weekend and take care of the little things," head coach Jake Boss said. "Everybody, with the exception of the freshman, has played there and even some of them have played there in an all-star game. It will be a neat atmosphere and it is a great opportunity for our guys. We're excited to have another opportunity to play against a quality opponent in one of the best baseball parks in the country."
The Spartans enter the midweek contest at 22-11 after sweeping No. 12 Indiana last weekend on three straight walk-off wins and beating Toledo on Tuesday on a fourth consecutive walk-off win, 7-6 in 12 innings.
MSU now has six walk-off wins on the season, the most among NCAA Division I teams.
Michigan State topped Central Michigan earlier this season at home, 4-2. The Spartans have won six in a row against CMU and will play the third game of the series in Mt. Pleasant on May 14.
Central Michigan enters the game at 16-19 and has won four of its last five games. The Chippewas topped Calvin on Tuesday, 10-0, and took two of three games at Ball State last weekend. Nick Regnier leads CMU at the plate and is the only player batting above .300 with a mark of .319. He also leads the team with eight doubles and 26 RBIs.
Redshirt junior Mike Theodore will get the start for the Spartans; he is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. Theodore took a no-decision at Eastern Michigan on April 3 in his most recent start. He threw four innings and allowed two runs on six hits.
CMU will send freshman Jimmy McNamara to the mound. The lefty is 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA on the season.
In addition to last year's players who participated in the "Clash at Comerica", several Spartan freshmen have also seen action at Comerica Park, including Justin Alleman, Cam Gibson, and Anthony Misiewicz, who played in the 2012 MHSBCA All-Star Game.
MSU returns to Big Ten play Friday-Sunday at Minnesota.
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