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Spartans Hit the Road to Face Iowa

Blaise Salter is hitting .476 (20-for-42) in his last ten games.

May 9, 2013

Games 43-45: Michigan State at Iowa
 Dates Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12
 Location Iowa City, Iowa. | Duane Banks Field (3,000)
 Television Big Ten Network (Saturday)
 Live Stream (Fee) Big Ten Digital Network (Friday and Sunday)
 Statistics Michigan State | Iowa
 Notes Michigan State | Iowa
 Social Media Updates @statebaseball | Facebook

Game 1
 Date | Time Friday, May 10 | 7:05 p.m. ET
 Pitching Matchup MSU: Sr. RHP Andrew Waszak (5-2, 2.41 ERA) vs.
IOWA: Sr. RHP Matt Dermody (6-2, 4.07 ERA)

Game 2
 Date | Time Saturday, May 11 | 2:05 p.m. ET
 Pitching Matchup MSU: Jr. RHP David Garner (4-3, 3.82 ERA) vs.
IOWA: So. LHP Sasha Kuebel (1-8, 5.62 ERA)

Game 3
 Date | Time Sunday, May 12 | 2:05 p.m. ET
 Pitching Matchup MSU: So. RHP Mick VanVossen (3-2, 3.43 ERA) vs.
IOWA:Sr. RHP Andrew Hanse


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.

• In Big Ten games this season, the Spartans are fourth in batting with a .297 average and third with a .427 slugging percentage.
• MSU is also third in home runs with 11.

• In conference games this season, Jimmy Pickens is slugging .700, the top mark in the conference.
• He also leads all players in conference games in home runs with five.
• In RBIs, he is tied for ninth in Big Ten games with 15.

• In the last 10 games, Salter is hitting .476 (20-for-42).
• He has boosted his average and currently leads the team with a .338 average.
• Salter is tied for the team lead in doubles with 12 and is slugging .497.

• Junior catcher Joel Fisher earned his first weekly honor the conference office announced on Tuesday, May 7.
• Against Illinois, Fisher hit .455 (5-for-11) with a pair of home runs, one double and seven RBIs. He also had a 1.091 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage.
• He hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning on Sunday and on Friday went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBIs.



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