Spartans Host Purdue in Key Big Ten Series
Michigan State hasn't played a conference game since April 14.
April 25, 2013
|Games 35-37: Michigan State vs. Purdue|
|Dates||Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28|
|Location||East Lansing, Mich. | McLane Stadium (2,500)|
|Television||Big Ten Network (Friday and Sunday)|
|Live Audio||SpartanSportsNetwork.com (Saturday)|
|Statistics||Michigan State | Purdue|
|Social Media Updates||@statebaseball | Facebook|
|Date | Time||Friday, April 26 | 3:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: Sr. RHP Andrew Waszak (3-2, 2.66 ERA) vs.
PUR: Sr. RHP Robert Ramer (2-3, 4.28 ERA)
|Date | Time||Saturday, April 27 | 1:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: Jr. RHP David Garner (4-2, 3.58 ERA) vs.
PUR: Fr. LHP Alec Crawford (4-4, 5.73 ERA)
|Date | Time||Sunday, April 28 | 12:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: TBA vs.
SPARTANS GET BACK TO BIG TEN PLAY AGAINST PURDUE
Michigan State gets back to conference action with a three-game series at home against Purdue this weekend. The Spartans' last conference series was cancelled due to snow in Minneapolis. Michigan State had won five straight before falling to Notre Dame on Wednesday, 7-3. Purdue is coming off a 20-0 win over Illinois-Chicago but had lost its previous nine games.
The Spartans carried a 3-2 lead into the sixth against the Irish but gave up four runs in the seventh, giving the win to Notre Dame. It was MSU's first game back after eight days off due to weather on the road and at home. Before that, the Spartans last complete-game was on April 16 against Toledo.
Purdue moved to 12-25 after crushing Illinois-Chicago, 20-0 on Wednesday. It was the first shutout win for the Boilermakers this season. Purdue had lost nine straight before yesterday's win and last weekend, they were swept by Nebraska at home. Three of its four conference wins came against Penn State, the other was against Northwestern.
Josh Estill leads Purdue at the plate, he is batting .297 with five doubles and Sean McHugh leads the Boilermakers 23 RBIs and is hitting .294. Purdue's pitching staff has struggled all season and is last in the conference with a 6.96 ERA. Opposing teams are hitting .321 against Purdue, the highest average in the Big Ten.
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. Following his start, he was named Co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.
MSU junior right-hander David Garner (4-2) gets the nod on Saturday. He started at Notre Dame but only threw two innings and 32 pitches. Before that, Garner was terrific 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.
Both Friday and Sunday's contests against Purdue will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Fans can listen in on Saturday on SpartanSportsNetwork.com and can also follow the games on GameTracker and on Twitter at @statebaseball.
A LOOK BACK AT NOTRE DAME
Michigan State had its five-game winning streak snapped on the road at Notre Dame, falling 7-3.
MSU led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh but the Irish scored four runs in the seventh and added one in the eighth to claim the win.
The Spartans had 11 hits in the game, including multi-hit games from PJ Nowak, Jimmy Pickens and Blaise Salter.
Notre Dame's Eric Jagielo went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Trey Mancini went 4-for-4 with a run scored for the Irish.
WEATHER AFFECTS THE STAFF
Before yesterday at Notre Dame, the Spartans hadn't played a complete game in eight days. David Garner threw two innings in the midweek game in order to face live hitting.
The Spartans used five pitchers yesterday, the most all season.
Chase Rihtarchik took his first loss of the season, allowing three runs in 2/3 innings of work.
It marked the first time the Spartan staff allowed a big run inning (four or more runs) since Feb. 24 against Miami (OH).
A GLANCE AT THE RPI
The Spartans hold the No. 23 spot in the latest NCAA Baseball Rating Percentage Index (RPI)
Michigan State has five wins over teams in the top-30. Three against Indiana, one against Austin Peay and one at Kentucky.
According to BoydsWorld.com, the Spartans RPI stands at No. 26.
Michigan State checks in at No. 27 according to WarrenNolan.com.
CHEKY REACHED BASE STREAK
Sophomore center fielder Anthony Cheky has reached base in 16 consecutive games.
It is the second longest streak this season behind Jordan Keur who reached base in 18 straight.