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Spartans and Lugnuts Ready for 2013 Crosstown Showdown

2013 Crosstown Showdown

April 30, 2013

Crosstown Showdown: Michigan State vs. Lansing Lugnuts
 Date Wednesday, May 1
 Location Lansing, Mich. | Cooley Law School Stadium (12,527)
 Ticket Information All tickets are priced at $10.
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Michigan State and the Lansing Lugnuts will play the seventh annual Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto-Owners Insurance on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m. The event has drawn record crowds to Cooley Law School Stadium, including a stadium-record 12,997 fans for the 2012 game. Crowds of more than 12,000 also attended the 2008 and 2009 contests. In the six years of the Crosstown Showdown, the game has attracted nearly 60,000 fans for an average of 9,844.

The Showdown was postponed due to weather earlier this season and is being made-up as a seven-inning game. Both teams will use wooden bats.

"The Crosstown Showdown has been a great event for our entire program," said MSU head coach Jake Boss. "It's really a thrill for me personally, and our team as a whole, to play in front of 13,000 people in a great atmosphere. The Lugnuts are a first-class organization from top to bottom and have taken this event to a whole new level. We're excited about the opportunity to continue playing the Lugnuts on an annual basis in the Crosstown Showdown."

The Lugnuts, a Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, own a 4-2 series advantage in the Crosstown Showdown. After Lansing won the first two games in 2007 and 2008, Michigan State claimed its first victory over the Lugnuts with a 12-2 triumph in 2009. MSU also won in 2011, 2-1.

Cody Huge will get the start on the mound for the Spartans. He threw a scoreless inning in the 2012 Crosstown Showdown. MSU is coming off a series win over Purdue and will face Illinois this upcoming weekend in its final home Big Ten series.

The Lugnuts own a 4-2 advantage in the series but four of the six games in the series have been decided by two or fewer runs.

Year-by-year Results
April 3, 2007 - Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 3 (Attendance: 6,223)
April 24, 2008 - Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 2 (Attendance: 12,862)
April 16, 2009 - Michigan State 12, Lansing Lugnuts 2 (Attendance: 12,992)
April 26, 2010 - Lansing Lugnuts 5, Michigan State 4 (Attendance: 6,778)
April 5, 2011 - Michigan State 2, Lansing Lugnuts 1 (Attendance: 7,212)
April 5, 2012 - Lansing Lugnuts 7, Michigan State 0 (Attendance: 12,997)



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