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Junior Jenny Ramsaier
 
Junior Jenny Ramsaier
 
 

March 30, 2012

Michigan State vs. Ohio State
 Date | Time Saturday, March 31 | 1 p.m. ET
 Location East Lansing, Mich.
 Audio Free broadcast available at SpartanSportsNetwork.com
 Live Stats Gametracker
 Statistics Michigan State | Ohio State
 Social Media @MSU_Softball | Facebook

Michigan State vs. Ohio State
 Date | Time Saturday, March 31 | 3 p.m. ET
 Location East Lansing, Mich.
 Audio Free broadcast available at SpartanSportsNetwork.com
 Live Stats Gametracker
 Statistics Michigan State | Ohio State
 Social Media @MSU_Softball | Facebook

Michigan State vs. Ohio State
 Date | Time Sunday, April 1 | 1 p.m. ET
 Location East Lansing, Mich.
 Audio Free broadcast available at SpartanSportsNetwork.com
 Live Stats Gametracker
 Statistics Michigan State | Ohio State
 Social Media @MSU_Softball | Facebook

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The MSU softball squad will stay at home this weekend when it hosts Ohio State for its Big Ten home opener. The Spartans and the Buckeyes will face off in a double-header on Saturday (March 31) at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the three-game series will conclude on Sunday (April 1) with a 1 p.m. start time.

Series History...
Michigan State trails in the all-time series with Ohio State 58-37 after splitting the season series last year. In the first game, the Spartans topped OSU 12-2 in five innings but fell 0-1 in the second game of the double-header.

Last Time Out...
After 29 games on the road, MSU was able to play on their home field when they hosted Butler on Thursday (March 29). Michigan State was unable to overcome a five-run inning by the Bulldogs and was defeated 8-1 in the home opener. The Spartans were led offensively by their freshmen as shortstop Alyssa McBride notched two of MSU's five hits and first basemen McKinzie Freimuth scored the lone run for the Green and White. Sophomore Cassee Layne was in the circle for the majority of the matchup, striking out four batters and walking only one in six innings of work.

Spartan Scouting Report...
With the loss against Butler, MSU is now 10-20 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten. Junior Kylene Hopkins is the top Spartan batter with a team-high average of .413. The center fielder is currently in a four-game hitting streak and has notched nine multiple hit games this year. Hopkins owns a .513 slugging percentage off 33 hits, including six doubles a one triple. With 13 RBI and 15 walks, the junior has an on base percentage of .510. Hopkins also leads the team in base running with nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.

After Thursday's matchup with Butler, sophomore Cassee Layne leads the team in innings pitched with 74.0. The right-hander has earned a team-high 48 strikeouts and a 7.28 ERA. In 67.0 innings of work, freshman Carly Nielsen owns a 5.64 ERA and 35 strikeouts. The newcomer ranks seventh in the nation for most saves with three.

Ohio State Scouting Report...
After sweeping Wright State in a double-header on Wednesday (March 28), Ohio State enters the weekend with an 18-11 overall record, 4-1 in the Big Ten. The Buckeye offense is headed by Alicia Herron, who is boasting a .400 average. The shortstop leads the league in RBI (33), triples (4), home runs (9) and total bases (68). In the circle, Mikayla Endicott is 11-7 on the season and currently holds a 1.87 ERA in 116.0 innings.

Big Ten Rankings...
Michigan State leads the conference in saves (4), is second in triples (5) and fourth in stolen bases (35). There are also seven Spartans who rank in the top of the Big Ten. Junior Kylene Hopkins is fourth in the conference in batting average (.413), fifth for on base percentage (.510), third in sacrifice bunts (6) and sixth in stolen bases (9). Senior Ali Grant is tied for fourth in triples (2) and sacrifice flies (2), while junior Shelby Wise is second in the Big Ten in games in relief (11) and third for games finished with eight. Freshman Carly Nielsen leads in the conference in saves (3), games finished (9) and games in relief (14) and is tied for third in appearances (24). With 24 batters struck out looking, sophomore Cassee Layne is currently sixth in the Big Ten in that category. Freshman McKinzie Freimuth sits in sixth place in the Big Ten for fielding chances (187) and putouts (174), while senior Brett Williams is third for caught stealing by (6).

Next up...
Next week Michigan State will travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich. for a mid-week matchup with Central Michigan before heading to Penn State. Competition with the Chippewas begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday (April 4) and the Spartans will face PSU in a double-header on Saturday (April 7) at 2 p.m. and again on Sunday (April 8) at 1 p.m.

 

 

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