Spartans Host Illinois in Crucial Big Ten Series
 
 
 
Senior Andrew Waszak will get the start for the Spartans on Friday.

 
Senior Andrew Waszak will get the start for the Spartans on Friday.
 
 

May 2, 2013

Games 38-40: Michigan State vs. Illinois
 Dates Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5
 Location East Lansing, Mich. | McLane Stadium (2,500)
 Live Stream (Fee) Big Ten Digital Network
 Live Audio Spartan Sports Network
 Statistics Michigan State | Illinois
 Notes Michigan State | Illinois
 Social Media Updates @statebaseball | Facebook

Game 1
 Date | Time Friday, May 3 | 3:05 p.m. ET
 Pitching Matchup MSU: Sr. RHP Andrew Waszak (4-2, 2.44 ERA) vs.
ILL: Sr. RHP Kevin Johnson (6-2, 2.45 ERA)

Game 2
 Date | Time Saturday, May 4 | 1:05 p.m. ET
 Pitching Matchup MSU: Jr. RHP David Garner (4-3, 3.76 ERA) vs.
ILL: Fr. LHP Kevin Duchene (6-1, 2.79 ERA)

Game 3
 Date | Time Sunday, May 5 | 1:05 p.m. ET
 Pitching Matchup MSU: So. RHP Mick VanVossen (3-2, 3.38 ERA) vs.
ILL:So. RHP John Kravetzvs

SPARTANS HOST ILLINOIS IN FINAL HOME STAND
Michigan State baseball welcomes Illinois to McLane Stadium for the final home Big Ten series of the weekend May 3-5. The Spartans are coming off a loss in the seventh annual Crosstown Showdown on Wednesday and face the Illini in a critical Big Ten series.

The Spartans are penciled in at fifth in the Big Ten while Illinois holds the conference's sixth best mark. The top-six teams advance to the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis.

Illinois is led by hot-hitting Justin Parr at the plate. The senior owns the longest active hitting streak in the NCAA at 28 games and is second in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten with a .436 average. The Fighting Illini have won seven of their last 10 games and took the series from Northwestern last weekend at home. In midweek action, Illinois topped Southern Illinois, 11-7 on Tuesday.

Six Spartan seniors will be recognized this weekend as they are playing in their last home series. Seniors Trevor Cousineau, Cody Huge, Jordan Keur, Trey Popp, Andrew Waszak and Joe Zwierzynski will each be honored for their hardwork and dedication to the program before Sunday's game.

MSU senior right-hander Andrew Waszak will get the call for the Spartans on Friday in the series opener. Waszak was phenomenal in his last start, throwing his second-career complete game against Purdue in just 88. He was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

MSU junior right-hander David Garner (4-3) gets the nod on Saturday. He took the loss against Purdue in his last outing. Garner is tied for seventh in the Big Ten in strikeouts with 47 and is eighth in innings pitched at 67.0.

On Sunday, the Spartans will turn to sophomore Mick VanVossen. He is currently fourth in the conference in opponent batting average with a .218 mark.

All three games this weekend will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network. Fans can listen in all weekend long on SpartanSportsNetwork.com and can also follow the games on GameTracker and on Twitter at @statebaseball.

WEEKEND COVERAGE
• All three games this weekend will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network.
• It is the last BTN-streamed event of the home season. The Big Ten Tournament will air live on BTN.
• The weekend series will have live audio streamed on SpartanSportsNetwork.com

BASEBALL AMERICA PROJECTIONS
• Michigan State is projected in the field of 64 according to the latest projections by Baseball America.
• The Spartans are joined by Indiana and Ohio State as other conference teams projected in the field.
• Kentucky and Austin Peay both are projected in the field. MSU beat them both once this season.

CROSSTOWN SHOWDOWN RECAP
• The Michigan State Spartans fell to the Lansing Lugnuts in the seventh annual Crosstown Showdown on Wednesday night, 10-2.
• The Showdown drew 11,619 fans to Cooley Law School Stadium. It marked the fourth largest crowd in Crosstown Showdown history.
Blaise Salter led MSU at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a two-RBI double in the fourth inning.

SALTER'S SWEET STREAK
Blaise Salter has been hot at the plate lately for the Spartans. The sophomore is hitting .444 in his last 10 games.
• Salter is also on an eight-game hitting streak, his longest of the season.
• Against Purdue on Friday, Salter had a career-high three doubles.

WAZAK THROWS SECOND COMPLETE GAME
• Senior Andrew Waszak was stellar on the mound on Friday against Purdue. He allowed just seven hits and one run in his second-career complete game.
• Waszak was efficient on the hill, throwing only 88 pitches and striking out five in the game and not surrendering a walk.