Softball to Face No. 2 Michigan in Home-and-Home Series
May 7, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State softball team (20-28, 4-12 Big Ten) will face No. 2 Michigan (42-6, 14-1 Big Ten) in its lone home-and-home meeting of the year. The Spartans will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game, and return home on Sunday for a 1 p.m. at Old College Field. Sunday's game will mark the final game for the Spartans in their current stadium before getting a new venue in 2011.
NOTE: If Saturday's game is postponed due to inclement weather, Sunday's game will become a doubleheader in East Lansing.
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Scouting the Spartans
Leading the Spartans at the plate is junior Lindsey Hansen with her .372 batting average. In 48 starts this season, Hansen leads the team, and the conference, with 17 doubles. Hansen's slugging percentage of .727 is currently fifth in the league, while her 105 total bases bring her in third. Freshman Kylene Hopkins leads the team on the base paths with 15 stolen bases.
Sophomore Lauren Kramer leads the pitching staff with a record of 15-16. Kramer, in 186.0 innings pitched (third most in the conference), has posted 164 strikeouts (fifth in the Big Ten). Kramer's 37 appearances rank her third in the Big Ten this season. The Spartan sophomore has started 28 games this season, the fourth-most in the conference.
Scouting the Wolverines
Leading the way for Michigan on the rubber is Jordan Taylor. In 28 appearances this season, Taylor has an overall record of 22-3, going 9-1 in the conference. In 163.2 innings of work, Taylor has recorded 255 strikeouts, while limiting the opposition to a .160 batting average.
Head coach Carol Hutchins is in her 26th season at the helm of the Wolverines, posting a record of 1,146-399-4 while at U-M.
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