April 24, 2013
|Game 34: Michigan State (22-11) vs. Notre Dame (22-16)|
|Date | Time||Wednesday, April 24 | 5:35 p.m.|
|Location||South Bend, Ind. | Frank Eck Stadium|
|Live Video||Notre Dame Athletics|
|Statistics||Michigan State | Notre Dame|
|Social Media||@statebaseball | Facebook|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: Jr. RHP David Garner (4-2, 3.55 ERA) vs.
UND: Fr. LHP Zak Kutsulis (0-1, 1.66ERA)
SPARTANS LOOK TO GET BACK ON THE FIELD AT NOTRE DAME
Michigan State baseball attempts to get back to action against Notre Dame on Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. in South Bend, Ind. The Spartans have lost four straight games due to inclement weather and 11 games this season have been affected. The Irish are 22-16 on the year and fell at Toledo yesterday, 15-3.
"We're trying to get back into a rhythm, feeling comfortable and feeling good about the game," head coach Jake Boss said. "When you haven't played, we get out of that rhythm we were in for a while. We try to stay active and do what we can out here during practice."
The Spartans haven't played a complete game since April 16 and the last five games have been affected by weather. All three games at Minnesota were cancelled due to snow and the `Clash at Comerica' was suspended in the fifth inning due to storms in Detroit last week. Yesterday, MSU and Ball State cancelled because of inclement weather. The game had been moved to Cooley Law School Stadium after flooding at McLane Stadium.
Notre Dame fell to Toledo yesterday and has lost seven of its last 10 games. The Irish swept Quinnipiac last weekend, but lost six straight before that. Losses during that stretch included a four-game sweep at Pittsburgh and dropping a pair of game to Michigan.
The Irish, however, own an RPI of 28, and have wins over Ohio State, Mercer, Virginia Tech, Cal Poly and Seaton Hall, all in the RPI top-50.
MSU junior right-hander David Garner (4-2) gets the nod on Wednesday in an effort to give the starter some work after the layoff. Garner was stellar in his last start, taking a no-decision on April 13 against Indiana. He went seven innings and allowed three runs on eight hits against the Hoosiers.
The game will be streamed live on YouTube through Notre Dame Athletics and broadcast live on SpartanSportsNetwork.com and the SSN 24/7 mobile app. Fans can also follow the games on GameTracker and on Twitter at @statebaseball.
WHAT A SPRING
Michigan State has had 11 games affected by the weather this season, including three on the spring break trip.
The cancelled Minnesota series marked the first time the Spartans have lost a Big Ten series due to weather since April 22-25, 2005. A snow storm in East Lansing forced the cancellation of the Purdue series in 2005.
The Spartans were forced to move the four-game series with Oakland to Eastern Michigan because of snow and field conditions.
Six games have been cancelled thus far.