Baseball Looks Ahead to a Four-Game Homestand with Minnesota

April 29, 1998

Tues.  April 28  Notre Dame     South Bend, Ind.  7:00 p.m.
Fri.   May 1     MINNESOTA      OLDS PARK         7:00 p.m.
Sat.   May 2     MINNESOTA (DH) OLDS PARK         4:00 p.m.
Sun.   May 3     MINNESOTA      OLDS PARK         1:00 p.m.

MSU vs. MINNESOTA. This is a critical week for the playoff hopes of the Spartans, as they look ahead to a four-game homestand with Minnesota, a team competing with MSU for that final Big Ten playoff spot. The Spartans are looking for at least three of four in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

MARK MULDER vs. NOTRE DAME. The ace lefty faces a big challenge in one of the top teams in the Midwest. Mulder has been on a roll as of late, with a 1.38 ERA in his last four starts. He has struck out 41 in the last 26 innings, allowing just two BB and four earned runs.

MARK MULDER'S PURSUIT OF MSU'S SINGLE-SEASON STRIKEOUT MARK. Trailing Mel Behney's mark of 107 set in 1968, Mulder is just 12 behind, third on the Spartans' all-time list. If he does not break the mark vs. Notre Dame on Tuesday, look for the record to fall at Oldsmobile Park on Saturday in game one.

YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE SENIORS BRIAN MURPHY, TOM GRIGG AND JUNIOR SENSATION MARK MULDER. All three rank among MSU's all-time best, as Murphy has proven to be a workhorse on the hill, setting MSU's career innings mark this season. He also ranks third on the career strikeout mark. Grigg has been a rock on defense as a four-year starter at shortstop, peppering his name among MSU's all-time defensive marks. Mulder should be the highest drafted Spartan ever this June, and is having one of the greatest seasons by any Spartan ever on the hill, as he works his way towards MSU's single-season strikeout mark.


LAST WEEK 4/23, MSU 7, @Central Michigan 5 Fernandez, Grigg hit tying, winning HRs in MSU's final at-bat 4/23, MSU 16, @Central Michigan 5 Mulder fans 9; MSU hits 3 HR; Leson & Albaugh with 4 RBI 4/24, @MSU 3, Indiana Tech 2 Grigg, Mulder knock in tying, winning runs in MSU's final at-bat 4/24, @MSU 8, Indiana Tech 1 Zsigo throws six scoreless innings 4/26, @MSU 4, Siena Heights 0 Reader tosses six shutout IP in 1st GS 4/26, Siena Heights 6, @MSU 3 Wagner 2-3 with 2 RBI, triple

MSU LINEUP Pos B Player RF R Carlos Fernandez SS R Tom Grigg /P L Mark Mulder 3B R Mike Pisani C R Joe Kalczynski LF L Joe Albaugh 1B L Ryan Leson 2B R Ted Demetral MSU ROTATION 4/28: Mark Mulder, Jr., LHP 5/1: Brian Murphy, Sr., RHP 5/2 (gm.1): Mark Mulder, Jr., LHP 5/2 (gm.2): Gary Zsigo, So., LHP 5/3: John Steiger, Fr., RHP

Junior southpaw Mark Mulder fanned nine more hitters in Michigan State's 16-5 victory over Central Michigan on April 23. That moves him into sole possession of third place on MSU's single-season strikeout list with 95. The record is 107, set by Mel Behney in 1968. If Mulder does not break the record against Notre Dame in a start on Tuesday, look for the lefty to shatter the strikeout record at home against Minnesota in game one on Saturday. Mulder has been on a roll as of late, as he has compiled a 3-1 mark in his last five appearances with a miniscule 1.33 ERA. He has fanned 43 while walking just two in 27 innings. As of April 19, Mulder is tenth in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (12.6). Mulder has also been rolling at the plate, notching a .440 average over the last eight games, with a homer and seven RBI.

Michigan State had a six-game winning streak snapped by Siena Heights on Sunday, as the Spartans posted their longest win string since a six-game span from April 18-22, 1992. In that six-game streak, the Spartans came back from one-run, last at-bat deficits, starting with an 11-10 victory over Michigan on April 19. Down 10-9 heading into the ninth, Tom Hartley blasted a two-run HR, his first of the year, to send the Spartans to a critical 11-10 win. Down 5-4 to Central Michigan in its last at-bat, Michigan State got back-to-back home runs from Carlos Fernandez and Tom Grigg to send them to a 7-5 victory. MSU went back-to-back twice in the Chippewa contest after not turning the trick at all this season. Finally, down 2-1 at home to Indiana Tech in the finale of a doubleheader, back-to-back RBI singles by Tom Grigg and Mark Mulder sent MSU to a 3-2 win.

A pair of the most dependable players in Michigan State history will be making their final home appearances as members of the Green and White this weekend. Senior right-hander Brian Murphy, who holds MSU's career innings pitched mark and is in third place on the career strikeout mark, will make his final home start to open the Minnesota series on Friday. Shortstop Tom Grigg, a four-year starter, has been one of the most consistent defensive players in the program's history,as his name has peppered Michigan State's defensive charts. Also seeing his final action will be senior bullpen specialist Jerry Nozewski.

Joe Kalcyznski is riding a nine-game hitting streak into the Notre Dame affair. The sophomore backstop is hitting .414 (12-29) over that span, notching six RBI and his second collegiate home run against Central Michigan on April 23. He has been a rock behind the plate this season, throwing out 59.3% (16-27) of runners trying to steal against him.

Junior centerfielder Mike Wagner currently leads the team in homers (seven), RBI (32), steals (nine), runs (34) and hits (49). Only one other Spartan since 1958 has led MSU in those five categories - Scott Ayotte in 1995.

Sophomore closer Chris Yens notched his fifth save of the season last week, as the right-hander has been on a roll. He has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances, a string of 7.1 innings. He as a 0.90 ERA over his last ten outings, giving up just a single run in 10 IP, allowing just four hits.

Sophomore hurler Casey Reader made his first start as a Spartan against Siena Heights on April 26, tossing six scoreless innings while fanning five in MSU's 4-0 victory over the Saints. A transfer from Toledo, the right-handerhas not allowed an earned run over his last 7.1 innings. During that span, Reader has dropped his ERA from 8.49 to a very respectable 5.21.

It has been feast of famine for Gary Zsigo in his nine starts this season. In his five solid outings, the southpaw is 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 31.2 innings, striking out 36 while walking 11 and allowing 30 hits. But in his four other starts, Zsigo is 1-3, with a 14.77 ERA in 17.2 innings. However, the sophomore is 4-0 following Spartan losses this season.

Mike Pisani has played in the most consecutive games for the Spartans, at 60. Only Pisani, Mike Wagner and Ted Demetral have played in all 43 games this season.

For the Minnesota series: OF Tom Hartley (shoulder): doubtful; C/OF Carlos Fernandez (thumb): probable.

Mark Mulder has continued his quest for Michigan State's single-season strikeout mark. Here is the current chart (as of 4/12):

Player           SO    Year
1. Mel Behney    107   1968   
2. Dick Radatz   106   1959
3. MARK MULDER    95   1998

MURPHY'S LADDER MSU CAREER PITCHING RANKS Strikeouts No. Years 1. Ron Perranoski 223 56-58 2. Dick Radatz 193 57-59 3. Brian Murphy 185 95-SA

Innings Pitched No. Years 1. Brian Murphy 283.0 95-SA

SPARTAN RECORD BREAKDOWN Home 9-5 Away 11-11 Neutral 3-4 Day 21-19 Night 2-1 February 2-3 March 8-8 April 13-9 May 0-0 vs. LH starters 5-7 vs. RH starters 18-13 Conference 7-9 Non-conference 16-11 MSU scores first 18-7 Opponent scores first 5-13 One-run games 3-5 Two-run games 3-2 Game decided by more than 5 9-9 Extra-inning games 0-0 Double header record 3-0-7 When Mulder starts 6-5 When Murphy starts 5-4 When Zsigo starts 6-3 When Massey starts 1-4 When Steiger starts 3-3 When Strunk starts 1-1 When Reader starts 1-0

LEADING SITUATIONAL HITTERS (highest BA, min. 70 AB) Overall: .351, Leson vs. LHP: .410, Wagner vs. RHP: .369, Leson Bases Empty: .378, Leson Runners On: .333, Kalczynski Two Outs: .426, Wagner Scoring Pos.: .455, Leson

LEADING PITCHING LEADERS (lowest BA against, min 70 BF) Overall: .182, Yens vs. LHP: .154, Brandell vs. RHP: .170, Yens Two Outs: .095, Yens Runners On: .179, Yens

1998 BIG TEN STANDINGS (Games through 4/26) Team W L W L T Illinois 15 5 31 16 0 Ohio State 13 6 29 11 0 Minnesota 12 8 31 12 0 Indiana 11 9 26 22 0 Penn State 9 10 21 21 0 Iowa 9 11 17 20 0 Michigan State 7 9 23 20 0 Purdue 8 12 20 23 0 Michigan 6 10 16 21 1 Northwestern 5 15 20 21 0

CONFERENCE GAMES ON 5/1-5/3: Minnesota at Michigan State Illinois at Purdue Ohio State at Indiana Northwestern at Iowa Penn State at Michigan

CONFERENCE SCORES, 4/24-4/26: Iowa at Illinois --4/24, Illinois 16, Iowa 4 --4/25, Illinois 9, Iowa 5 --4/26, Illinois 10, Iowa 8 --4/26, Illinois 10, Iowa 0 Indiana at Minnesota --4/24, Indiana 8, Minnesota 6 --4/25, Minnesota 6, Indiana 0 --4/25, Minnesota 8, Indiana 7 --4/26, Minnesota 19, Indiana 11 Ohio State at Penn State --4/24, Ohio State 8, Penn State 2 --4/25, Ohio State 15, Penn State 11 --4/25, Penn State 4, Ohio State 2 --4/26, (Rained Out) Purdue at Northwestern --4/24, Purdue 13, Northwestern 8 --4/25, Purdue 1, Northwestern 0 --4/25, Purdue 12, Northwestern 6 --4/26, Northwestern 3, Purdue 1

SPARTAN SEASON HIGHS INDIVIDUAL-HITTING HITS: 4, five times RUNS: 3, six times RBI: 4, four times HR: 2, Mulder (4/5) SB: 2, Pisani (3/7)/Wagner (4/14)

INDIVIDUAL-PITCHING IP: 9.0, three times ER: 10, Zsigo (3/28)) BB: 5, Mulder (4/3) SO: 16, Mulder (3/7)

Most Multiple-Hit games: Mike Wagner, 15 Most Multiple-RBI games: Mike Wagner, 10 Longest Hitting Streak: Wagner/Pisani/Kalczynski, 9 Longest Current Streak: Joe Kalczynski, 9


2 - CARLOS FERNANDEZ, C - Went 3-4 and a run scored during the season-opener against Lamar (2/20), as well as recording 11 putouts...Went two-for-three in the Iowa contest (2/27)...Recorded 15 putouts in the opener of the Campbell series (3/7)...Made first collegiate start in right field against Campbell (3/11)...Notched three hits and two RBI against Ohio (3/14)...2-4 vs. WMU (3/24)...2-6 with two runs scored against Wayne State (3/25), while hitting leadoff for the first time this season...Only Spartan with two hits vs. Iowa (3/27)...Reached base three times with a single, double and walk vs. Penn State (4/4)...Hit his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot to left, to kickstart MSU's offense in a 13-9 victory over Penn State (4/4). He reached base four times, including three on base on balls. He also made 14 putouts behind the plate...2-4 with 12 putouts vs. Oakland...3-4 against Indiana (4/12)...Reached base three times vs. Michigan (4/18)...3-4 with a game-tying solo shot in MSU's final at bat vs. Central Michigan (4/23)...Led off game two of doubleheader against Central Michigan (4/23) with a solo blast.

4 - ERIC DOYLE, 3B - First collegiate start vs. Campbell (3/10)...Collected first collegiate hit vs. Ohio (3/13)...Scored twice against Penn State (4/4).

6 - TOM GRIGG, SS - Played in his 150th career game during the opening game of a twin bill against Lamar (2/20)...Reached base three times versus Troy State (2/28)...Went 2-5 with three RBI versus Campbell (3/7)...Racked up three hits vs. Campbell (3/10)...Had two hits and a double against Ohio (3/14)...2-4 with two RBI in win over Ohio (3/15)...Reached base three times vs. WMU (3/24)...Tripled and scored vs. Iowa (3/27)...Recorded nine assists vs. Iowa (3/28)...Lone Spartan with two hits vs. Iowa (3/28), including a double...Notched three singles in the finale of the Iowa series (3/29)...Three RBI and two hits, including a double, in a victory over Penn State (4/4)...3-5 with two runs scored and his first HR of the campaign against Penn State (4/5)...2-5 vs. Indiana (4/10)...Scored three runs and collected SB against Eastern Michigan (4/15)...2-3 with a game-winning HR against Central Michigan (4/23) in MSU's final at bat...Knocked in tying run in MSU's final at-bat vs. Indiana Tech (4/24)...3-4 with 2 RBI vs. Indiana Tech (4/24)...3-4 in final game at Kobs Field vs. Siena Heights (4/26).

7 - TED DEMETRAL, 2B - Went 2-3 in both games of a double dip against Lamar (2/21)...Reached base three times against Campbell (3/10)...2-3 vs. Ohio (3/14)...2-4 with a clutch ninth-inning RBI in victory over WMU (3/24)...Recorded a single, double and triple vs. Wayne State (3/25)...Went three-for-four with a double, two RBI and three runs scored in MSU's 13-9 victory over Penn State...2 RBI and a double vs. Michigan (4/19)...2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI vs. Central Michigan (4/23).

11 - STEVE CREPEAU, IF - Scored a run as a pinch-runner during his collegiate debut in the Troy State contest (2/28).

13 - MARK MULDER, LHP/1B - Allowed just two hits and struck out nine over five innings of work during the Spartans' season-opener against Lamar (2/20), picking up a no-decision...Knocked in three runs with a bases-loaded double to blow the game open against Lamar (2/21)...Went two-for-three with a solo home run against Iowa (2/27)...Carried the Spartans to victory over Troy State, as he limited the prolific Trojan offense to two runs over six innings, fanning six while picking up his first win of the season. He went three-for-five at the dish, delivering two RBI on a fifth inning double to break the contest open (2/28)...Went 2-3 against Columbia (3/7)...Had tremendous performance against Campbell (3/7), fanning 16 and walking none in a complete-game victory. Allowed just four hits and two unearned runs, as he fanned a batter in every inning...Went 2-4 with a two-run home run versus Campbell (3/9)...Reached base three times at the plate and struck out six in seven innings on the hill in loss to Ohio (3/13)...Had three walks and two runs scored vs. Ohio (3/14)...2-3 vs. Ohio (3/15)...Reached base in all three plate appearances vs. Wayne State (3/25)...Recorded 100th strikeout in collegiate career vs. Iowa (3/27)...

Struck out seven in five innings against Penn State (4/3)...Lit up Penn State (4/5) pitching, going 4-5 with two HR, two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored...Struck out ten in six scoreless innings against Oakland (4/7), picking up his third win of the year. Walked none, while striking out the side in his first and last innings...Reached base all four plate appearances vs. Detroit (4/8)...2-4 with a double vs. Indiana (4/10)...Fanned 14 in seven innings, walking just one and allowing only two runs vs. Indiana (4/11)...3-4 vs. Michigan (4/17)...Fanned eight in complete game victory over Michigan (4/18), allowing just five hits and two runs...2-4 with two runs and two RBI vs. Michigan (4/19)...Homered vs. Central Michigan (4/23)...Struck out nine, not allowing a walk or earned run vs. Central Michigan (4/23), picking up his fifth win of the season...Knocked in game-winning run on a single in MSU's final at-bat against Indiana Tech (4/24).

14 - BRIAN MURPHY, RHP - Gave up only one run over five innings of work during a no-decision in his first start of the season against Lamar (2/21)...Moved into ninth place on MSU's career strikeout list with seven Ks over 6.2 innings against Iowa (2/27)...Turned in excellent performance against Columbia (3/7), fanning ten and walking none while picking up his first victory of the season. He retired the final 22 batters he faced while going eight innings. With the ten Ks, he moved into eighth place on MSU's all-time strikeout list...Moved into seventh place on all-time Ks list with three vs. Ohio (3/14)...

Shutout the Hawkeyes (3/28), allowing just five base hits and no walks during his seven inning-complete game. He struck out five as MSU won its first Big Ten game of the year, 4-0. With those seven innings, Murphy passed the 250 inning mark for his career....Struck out nine in a six-inning complete game, as he moved into second place on MSU's career innings pitched list...Moved into first place on MSU's career IP list with a complete-game victory over Indiana (4/10), fanning six in nine innings...Pitched fourth straight complete game in win over Michigan (4/17), tossing a four-hitter...Picked up fifth win of season with five strikeouts in six innings vs. Central Michigan (4/23), moving into sole possession of third place on MSU's career strikeout list.

15 - JOSH AXELSON, RHP - Threw one inning of hitless ball, combining on a two-hit shutoutvs. Wayne State (3/25)...Fanned five while hurling three innings of hitless ball against Grand Valley State (4/14)...Collected first collegiate save in dramatic fashion, coming into a 11-10 MSU lead at Michigan (4/19), with the tying run at third and winning run at first and two outs. Got UM's Bobby Scales to fly to left, securing the Spartan win.

20 - RYAN LESON, 1B - Scored two runs while going 3-4 in the season-opener versus Lamar (2/20)...Stroked three hits for the second time in the year against Troy State (2/28), including a two-run, fourth-inning single...2-5 versus Campbell (3/9)...Broke up a no-hitter with a single in the eighth inning against Penn State (4/3)...Knocked in four runs with a 4-4 performance vs. Central Michigan (4/23).

22 - MIKE PISANI, 3B - Went 2-5 during the season-opener against Lamar (2/20)...Invited to play with Bourne Braves of Cape Cod League...Went 2-4 with 2 steals against Campbell (3/7)...Had two hits vs. Campbell (3/9)...Recorded two hits vs. Ohio (3/14)...Two-run double vs. Ohio (3/15)...Banged out three hits, a steal and a walk vs. Penn State (4/4)...2-4 with a double and two runs scored vs. Detroit (4/8)....3-5 with a double and RBI vs. Indiana (4/10)...2-3 with a triple vs. Indiana (4/11)...Extended hitting streak to eight games with a single and steal vs. Indiana (4/12)...2-5 with a double and steal vs. Grand Valley State (4/12), extending streak to nine games...2-5 against Michigan (4/19)...3-5 with a double vs. Central Michigan (4/23).

23 - MIKE WAGNER, CF - Opened the season with a nine-game hitting streak...Went 2-5 during his MSU debut against Lamar (2/20), recording two RBI, a double, a steal, and a run scored...Scored two runs while going 1-3 against Lamar (2/21)...Stroked a solo home run versus Iowa (2/27)...The lone Spartan with two hits against Providence (3/1)...Broke open a 2-2 tie in the ninth against Campbell (3/7), delivering a bases-loaded double...Went 3-5 with a double and a steal versus Campbell (3/9)...

Reached base three times against Ohio (3/13)...Hit dramatic three-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth, capping a five-run, two-out rally in the final frame, lifting MSU past Western Michigan (3/24), 5-4...Recorded home run and triple, as well as three RBI, in victory over Wayne State (3/25)...2-3 with a triple vs. Iowa (3/28)...Reached base three times vs. Penn State (4/4)...Belted HR and had three RBI against Oakland (4/7)...Two hits, RBI and runs scored vs. Detroit (4/8)...Hit three-run bomb during MSU's seven-run sixth inning in 8-4 victory over Indiana (4/10)...Went four-for-five with a HR, 2 SB, and three runs scored vs. Grand Valley State (4/14)...2-5 with 2 RBI against Michigan (4/17)...3-4 with a two-run HR vs. Michigan (4/18)...3-4 with a double vs. Indiana Tech (4/24)...2-3 vs. Siena Heights (4/26) with 2 doubles...2-3 with 2-RBI triple vs. Siena Heights (4/26).

24 - TOM HARTLEY, OF - Went 2-2 vs. Penn State (4/4) with three RBI, including a double, in his first plate appearances since a hand injury on March 9...Reached base three times vs. Penn State (4/5)...Two RBI vs. Detroit (4/8)...2-5 with double and steal vs. Grand Valley State (4/14)...Went 3-5 with three RBI and a double vs. Michigan (4/17)...2-4 with 2 RBI vs. Michigan (4/18)...Delivered dramatic two-run HR with two outs in the ninth and MSU down 10-9 against Michigan (4/19), sending MSU to a 11-10 victory over the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Went 3-5 on the day with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored...2-4 with 3 RBI and a HR vs. Central Michigan (4/23). 25 - KIMYA MASSEY, LHP - Pitched 2.1 relief innings, not allowing a hit or run against Iowa (2/27)...Earned first victory of the season, going five innings of one-run ball vs. Ohio (3/15)...Struck out four in three innings of hitless ball vs. Wayne State (3/25)...Fanned career-high seven in4.1 innings of solid long-relief vs. Siena Heights (4/26).

26 - JOE ALBAUGH, LF - Went 4-4 with three doubles and four RBI in victory over Campbell (3/9)...Cracked three more doubles against Ohio (3/15), going 3-4 at the plate with two RBI...Went .464 on trip in North Carolina (13-28)...Hit first collegiate home run over the Kobs Field center field scoreboard against Wayne State (3/25)...2-4 with 2 RBI vs. Michigan (4/18)...Knocked in four runs, including a HR, vs. Cental Michigan (4/23), going 2-3...2-3 with triple vs. Indiana Tech (4/24).

27 - SCOTT COLVIN, 1B - Recorded first collegiate base hit vs. Wayne State (3/25)...First collegiate start vs. Penn State (4/4).

28 - JOHN STEIGER, RHP - Collected eight whiffs in five innings during his collegiate debut against Campbell (3/11), allowing just one unearned run...Picked up first collegiate victory with three shutout innings vs. Wayne State (3/25)...Struck out career-high nine Hoosiers in his first Big Ten start, giving up just one run in 5.1 innings on the hill.

29 - CASEY READER, RHP - Picked up first win as a Spartan in MSU's dramatic 5-4 victory over Western Michigan (3/24)...First start as a Spartan yielded six shutout innings, as he fanned five in victory over Siena Heights (4/26).

30 - GARY ZSIGO, LHP/DH - Hurled six scoreless innings in his collegiate debut, scattering just three singles while striking out nine against Lamar (2/21), gaining the victory in a 4-0 Spartan win...Fanned nine in 6.1 innings, earning the W against Campbell (3/9)...Recorded 12 whiffs in a seven-inning complete game victory over Ohio (3/14)...Fanned ten and picked up his fourth victory of the campaign against Penn State (4/4). He also started his first collegiate game in the cleanup spot...Hit first collegiate HR, a two-run shot, vs. Penn State (4/5)...Two-run single vs. Detroit (4/8)...2-5, 2 RBI and first collegiate triple vs. Indiana (4/10)...Hurled 6.1 scoreless innings, fanning four against Indiana (4/11), picking up his fifth win of the year. Knocked in the only two runs of the contest with a two-out double in the fourth, as MSU won 2-0...Hit solo HR vs. Grand Valley State (4/12)...Went 4-4 vs. Michigan (4/17), the first Spartan to do so since Tom Hartley turned the trick on March 8, 1997...Hurled six scoreless innings vs. Indiana Tech (4/24), picking up his sixth win.

32 - JOE KALCZYNSKI, C - Contributed three hits, including a double and a RBI against Troy State (2/28)...Collected two RBI in his first collegiate game in the cleanup spot versus Columbia (3/7)...Reached base three times vs. Ohio (3/13)....2-3 vs. Ohio (3/14)...2-3 vs. Wayne State (3/25)...Clutch two-RBI single vs. Iowa (3/28)...Delivered his first collegiate HR, a three-run shot, going 2-4 vs. Grand Valley State (4/12)...Two-run double vs. Michigan (4/19)...Doubled, tripled and homered vs. Central Michigan (4/23), posting three RBI...2-3 with RBI double vs. Indiana Tech (4/24). 33 - DAVID STRUNK, RHP - Pitched two innings in collegiate debut (3/10)...Made first collegiate start on April 14 vs. Grand Valley State.

34 - JERRY NOZEWSKI, RHP - Pitched one inning of hitless ball, fanning two, combining on a two-hit shutout of Wayne State (3/25)...Pitched effective three innings vs. Penn State (4/3)...Two shutout innings vs. Grand Valley State (4/12)...Shutout inning in final Kobs Field appearance vs. Siena Heights (4/26).

41 - CHRIS YENS, RHP - Picked up his second career save, tossing the final three innings against Troy State (2/28)...Closed the door in MSU's 5-4 victory over WMU (3/24)...Fanned the only two batters he faced to close the door against Penn State (4/4), picking up his third save of the season...Called in and pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the final inning of MSU's 2-0 victory over Indiana (4/11), inducing a strikeout and a ground ball to pick up his fourth save of the year...Picked up first collegiate win against Michigan (4/19)...Picked up fifth save with scoreless inning vs. Central Michigan (4/23).

45 - SCOTT BRANDELL, RHP - Finished out a 4-0 victory against Lamar (2/21) with one scoreless inning in his collegiate debut, striking out two...Threw one inning of hitless ball, combining on a two-hit shutout vs. Wayne State (3/25)...Picked up first collegiate victory with three hitless innings, fanning three in the longest outing of his career vs. Indiana Tech (4/24).

Michigan State left-hander Mark Mulder has been listed as one of the top professional prospects in collegiate baseball. Here is the recount of his 1998 appearances on the mound.

Date   Opponent         W/L   IP    H   R   ER  BB  SO  SeasonERA
2/20   Lamar            ND    5.0   2   3   3   4   9   5.40
2/28   Troy State       W     6.0   10  2   2   1   6   4.09
3/7    Campbell         W     9.0   4   2   0   0   16  2.25
3/13   Ohio             L     7.0   9   4   4   1   6   3.00
3/24   Western Mich.    ND    2.0   1   0   0   0   2   2.79
3/27   Iowa             L     6.2   10  7   6   2   6   3.79
4/3    Penn State       L     5.0   8   7   6   5   7   4.65
4/7    Oakland          W     6.0   3   0   0   0   10  4.05
4/11   Indiana          L     7.0   6   2   2   1   14  3.86
4/15   E.Mich (relief)  ND    1.0   2   2   0   0   2   3.79
4/18   Michigan         W     7.0   5   2   2   1   8   3.65
4/23   Cental Michigan  W     6.0   5   5   0   0   9   3.33

Totals 5-4 67.2 65 36 25 15 95 3.33