Spartans Travel to Minnesota for Weekend Series
The Golden Gophers are currently tied for first in the Big Ten.
April 18, 2013
|Games 34-36: Michigan State vs. Minnesota|
|Dates||Friday, April 19 - Sunday, April 21|
|Location||Minneapolis, Minn. | Siebert Field (1,420)|
|Live Stream: All games (Fee)||Big Ten Digital Network (Fee)|
|Statistics||Michigan State | Minnesota|
|Social Media Updates||@statebaseball | Facebook|
|Date | Time||Friday, April 19 | 4:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: Sr. RHP Andrew Waszak (3-2, 2.66 ERA) vs.
MINN: Jr. LHP Tom Windle (5-2, 1.35 ERA)
|Date | Time||Saturday, April 20 | 2:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: Jr. RHP David Garner (4-2, 3.55 ERA) vs.
MINN: Jr. RHP Alec Crawford (1-1, 2.79 ERA)
|Date | Time||Sunday, April 21 | 2:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: So. RHP Mick VanVossen (3-2, 3.38 ERA) vs.
IU: Jr. LHP DJ Snelten (3-0, 0.73 ERA)
SPARTANS GET BACK TO BIG TEN PLAY AT MINNESOTA
Michigan State baseball resumes Big Ten play this weekend and will travel to face Minnesota in Minneapolis for a three-game series. The Gophers are currently tied for first in the conference with a 7-2 mark. The series will get underway on Friday at 4:05 p.m. at Siebert Field.
"It's a big weekend, but they all are big in the Big Ten," head coach Jake Boss said. "Obviously its a storied program. Coach Anderson is the best in the business and he'll have his guys ready to play and they usually play well at home. We are going to have to go out there and play extremely good baseball and we have a good challenge ahead of us."
The Spartans are currently on a five-game winning streak, four of which were done in walk-off fashion. The Clash at Comerica was suspended on Wednesday night due to inclement weather and MSU topped Toledo, 7-6 on Tuesday. Last weekend, Michigan State swept No. 12 Indiana at home, earning its first sweep of a ranked opponent in program history.
Minnesota has also won five straight and is coming off a 4-1 win over Augsburg. Last weekend the Golden Gophers swept Northwestern on the road in Evanston.
MSU senior right-hander Andrew Waszak will get the call for the Spartans on Friday in the series opener. Waszak was stellar in his last start, throwing eight innings and allowing just one run in a no-decision against Indiana. He was named Co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for his efforts .
Junior right-hander David Garner (4-2) gets the nod on Saturday. Garner also took a no-decision in his last start. He went seven innings and allowed three runs on eight hits against the Hoosiers.
On Sunday, sophomore RHP Mick VanVossen will get the start. He also took a no-decision in a strong start last weekend against Indiana, allowing three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched.
All three games will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network through Spartan All-Access. Fans can also follow the games on GameTracker and on Twitter at @statebaseball.
After sweeping Indiana on three straight walk-off hits this past weekend, the Spartans did it again on Tuesday against Toledo in the 12th inning. This time it was Anthony Cheky with a sac fly to left, scoring Cam Gibson to win the game for MSU.
Michigan State leads all NCAA Division I teams with six walk-off wins this season.
Jimmy Pickens is also the only player in the nation that has recorded walk-off wins in back-to-back games. Pickens beat the Hoosiers with a walk-off single on Friday and then again with a solo-home run on Saturday.
The streak of four straight walk-off wins is also the longest in the country this season.
CLASH AT COMERICA SUSPENDED
The third annual Clash at Comerica was suspended in the fifth inning due to inclement weather in the area on Wednesday night in Detroit. The game will be resumed on May 14th in Mt. Pleasant. Michigan State and Central Michigan will then play the third game of the three-game season series on the same date.
The Spartans will take a 1-0 lead into the game on May 14. Central will have runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. The only run off the game came off a sacrifice fly by Cam Gibson in the second inning, scoring Blaise Salter. Salter singled to left field to lead off the inning.
For the fourth-straight game, Michigan State baseball won on a walk-off.
The Spartans took down Toledo on Tuesday afternoon at McLane Stadium, 7-6 in 12 innings.
Freshman Cam Gibson led off the 12th inning with a triple to right field and scored the winning run on a sac fly.
WASZAK NAMED CO-BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Senior Andrew Waszak was named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced on Monday afternoon. Waszak tossed eight innings and struck out five to help the Spartans beat No. 12 Indiana, 2-1, in the series opener on Friday, April 12.
It marks Waszak's second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award and first this season.
Coincidentally, Waszak's other pitcher of the week came on April 16 last season after throwing seven shutout innings and striking out five in a win against the Hoosiers in Bloomington.
SWEEPING No. 12 INDIANA
The Spartans swept a ranked team for the first time in program history this past weekend, winning all three games in walk-off fashion.
MSU took down the Hoosiers 2-1 on Friday and 6-5 on Saturday, both thanks to sophomore Jimmy Pickens.
On Friday, he hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning and followed that up with a solo home run to win the game on Saturday in the 10th inning.
Ryan Krill played the hero on Sunday, winning the game on a single to left field that scored Ryan Richardson.
STAFF HOLDS STRONG AGAINST THE HOOSIERS
Despite all three weekend starters being tagged with no-decisions, the pitching staff was the main reason for success against Indiana.
As a whole, the staff tallied a 3.00 ERA for the weekend and held IU hitters to a .245 average.
The Spartans also recorded 16 strikeouts and only nine walks.
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in several offensive categories including: batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, hits and RBIs.