Spartans Conclude Regular Season at Penn State
Michigan State is currently in seventh in the Big Ten.
May 15, 2013
|Games 48-51: Michigan State at Penn State|
|Dates||Thursday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18|
|Location||University, Park, Pa. | Medlar Field at Lubrano Park (5,406)|
|Statistics||Michigan State | Penn State|
|Notes||Michigan State | Penn State|
|Social Media Updates||@statebaseball | Facebook|
|Date | Time||Thursday, May 16 | 6:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: Sr. RHP Andrew Waszak (5-3, 2.44 ERA) vs.
PSU: Fr. LHP Nick Hedge (0-0, 3.86 ERA)
|Date | Time||Friday, May 17 | 2:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: Jr. RHP David Garner (4-3, 3.57 ERA) vs.
PSU: Jr. LHP Greg Welsh (2-6, 4.89 ERA)
|Date | Time||Saturday, May 18 | 1:05 p.m. ET|
|Pitching Matchup||MSU: So. RHP Mick VanVossen (4-2, 3.39 ERA) vs.
PSU:Sr. RHP Steven Hill (1-7, 3.72 ERA)
SPARTANS CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON AT PENN STATE
Michigan State baseball finishes the regular season on the road at Penn State this weekend. The Spartans and Nittany Lions will play a three-game series set to begin on Thursday at 6:05 p.m. MSU is currently in seventh place heading into the series with the top-six advancing to the Big Ten Tournament.
For head coach Jake Boss, it's no surprise that the season will come down to the last weekend of conference play.
"It usually does in a good conference," Boss said. "When everyone is jammed up in the middle and its come down to the last weekend the last four or five years now. It is a very good league and probably the deepest the league has been since I've been here with Michigan State."
Penn State is last in the Big Ten with a 3-18 conference record but is coming off a 7-3 win over Villanova on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions have a pair of wins over Purdue and one over Minnesota.
The Spartans are coming off a pair of wins over Central Michigan and improved their record against non-conference in-state games to 11-0. Michigan State beat CMU 10-0 in the second game and had 16 while holding the Chippewas to two. "I expect our guys to play well and there is a renewed focus this weekend," Boss said. "The guys were locked in yesterday and the mood was good yesterday after the win."
Senior right-hander Andrew Waszak will get the start for the Spartans on Thursday. He is 5-3 with a 2.44 ERA on the season.
"The Big Ten tournament is on the line and we know that going into it," Waszak said. "We have to play like we have all season and hopefully the outcome is what we want. We know what the situation is but we have to win one day at a time."
The Spartans and Nittany Lions kick off the series on Thursday at 6:05 p.m. Friday's contest is slated for a 2:05 p.m. and the final regular season game will be at 1:05 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Gametracker can be found at MSUSpartans.com and Twitter updates @StateBaseball.
The senior class of Trevor Cousineau, Cody Huge, Jordan Keur, Trey Popp, Andrew Waszak and Joe Zwierzynski have become the winnings class in Michigan State program history with 138 wins.
The mark surpassed last year's class that recorded 130 wins.
It is the programs best mark for any four-year span.
With a pair of wins at Central Michigan, the Spartans surpassed 30 wins for the fourth consecutive season.
It extended the school record for consecutive 30-win seasons.
Head coach Jake Boss ranks second in school history with four 30-win seasons behind just Tom Smith who had five.
NON-CONFERENCE MIDWEEK GAMES
MSU is 19-2 in non-conference midweek games since the beginning of 2012.
The Spartans only loss this season came at the hands of Notre Dame.
Michigan State is now 11-0 against in-state non-conference opponents.
MOST WINS SINCE 2010
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Michigan State has won 138 games, the most in the Big Ten Conference.
Purdue ranks second with 131 wins.
The 138 wins are the most in a four-year span in Michigan State history.
FROM HERE TO NOW
After starting the season 6-7, MSU has won 25 of its last 34 games (.735).
The longest win streak has been seven games this season.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT RAMIFICATIONS
The Big Ten Tournament is on the line in the final regular season series.
The Spartans are currently in seventh place in the Big Ten with the top-six teams advancing to the Minneapolis.
If the Spartans sweep Penn State, they will advance to the tournament. MSU can still get in if it wins two of three from the Nittany Lions depending on the outcome of other conference series'.