Baseball Player Could Break Strikeout Record on Saturday

Mulder is seven away from tying the school records for strikeouts in one season.

April 30, 1998

EAST LANSING, MICH. - Michigan State junior Mark Mulder is just seven away from tying the school records for strikeouts in one season. He could break the mark on Saturday, as he will start on the hill in game one of a doubleheader against Minnesota. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at Oldsmobile Park.

Mulder became just the third pitcher in MSU history to record 100 strikeouts after he reached the mark with five Ks on Tuesday in the Spartans' 4-1 victory over Notre Dame. That leaves him behind record-holder Mel Behney (107 SO in 1968) and Dick Radatz (106 in 1959) on the single-season list.

A potential top-five pick in this June's baseball free agent draft, this could very well be Mulder's final home start. The lefty has been on a roll as of late, compiling a 4-1 mark with a 1.16 ERA in his last six appearances, striking out 48 while walking only three during that 31-inning string.

This weekend will also mark the final home games for MSU seniors Tom Grigg, Brian Murphy and Jerry Nozewski. Grigg has been one of the most dependable players in Michigan State history in his four years as a Spartan, as he has been a starter at shortstop in each of the last four seasons. A Novi, Mich., native, he holds the career (526) and season (151) records for assists at MSU.

Murphy has continued the school's strong tradition on the mound, proving himself to be among the Spartan elite. The right-hander from Northstreet, Mich., has been a workhorse during his four years as a Spartan, setting the MSU record for career innings pitched. He also is third in career strikeouts at Michigan State. Murphy will make his final start at home in the opener on Friday, with game time set for 7:00 p.m.

All media who will be attending this weekend need to call Russ Ormiston at the Michigan State Sports Information Department (517-355-2271) to arrange credentials.

Michigan State vs. Minnesota at Oldsmobile Park
Friday: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, DOUBLEHEADER: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.