Spartans Hit the Road to Face Iowa
May 9, 2013
SPARTANS HIT THE ROAD TO TAKE ON IOWA
Michigan State baseball heads on the road to face Big Ten foe Iowa in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET. The Spartans have won four of their last five including a pair of midweek wins over Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. It is the second to last Big Ten series for MSU as the Spartans finish the regular season at Penn State next weekend.
Iowa is 17-26 on the year and 5-13 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes fell to Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday and took one of three from Michigan last weekend in Big Ten play. Sophomore Eric Toole is batting .450 in his last 10 games and has five multi-hit games over the same span.
The Spartans own a 77-59-1 edge in the series and won the series last season in East Lansing. Last time the teams met in Iowa City, MSU took two of three from the Hawkeyes.
MSU's heart of the order has been strong as of late, led by sophomore Blaise Salter. Salter is hitting .476 (20-for-42) in his last ten games with 11 RBIs and three home runs.
MSU senior right-hander Andrew Waszak will get the call for the Spartans on Friday in the series opener. Waszak earned his fifth win of the season in his last start against Illinois. It marked the final time the senior would start at McLane Stadium, he went 8 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits. Waszak is fifth in the in ERA at 2.41 and fourth in innings pitched with 78.1.
MSU junior right-hander David Garner (4-3) gets the nod on Saturday. He took a no-decision in his last start against Illinois and had a career-high 10 strikeouts. Garner is fourth the Big Ten in strikeouts with 57 and is tied for first in starts with 12.
On Sunday, the Spartans will turn to sophomore Mick VanVossen. He also was saddled with a no-decision against Illinois and is He is currently sixth in the conference in opponent batting average with a .230 mark.
Friday's and Sunday's contests will be streamed on the Big Ten Digital Network, while Saturday will air on the Big Ten Network on a tape-delay. Fans can also follow the games on GameTracker and on Twitter at @statebaseball.
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