May 20th, 2013 at 4:54 PM
By MacK Lester
The Michigan State women’s golf team is heading to Athens, Georgia this week to compete in the NCAA Championships Tournament, which they qualified for earlier this month when they placed eighth in the NCAA Regionals. The tournament will take place at the University of Georgia Golf Course which is a par 72 6,372 yard course.
This is the second consecutive year that the Spartans have participated in the NCAA Championships. Also it is the 11th time in school history and ninth under current women’s golf coach, Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.
The lineup this year will consist of senior Caroline Powers, juniors Christine Meier, Liz Nagel, and Allyssa Ferrell, and sophomore Trisha Witherby. Each of these players, with the exception of Witherby, has played in the NCAA Championships, thus bringing well needed experience to the event.
The 25th ranked Spartans have performed well, especially late in the season. In the NCAA Regionals the team made a last day comeback to take eighth place and qualify for the Championships. In the last regular season event, the Lady Spartans won the Lady Buckeye Invitational by seven strokes over conference foe Purdue.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 19th, 2013 at 7:16 PM
By MacK Lester
Matthew Moseley of the Michigan State men’s golf team, finished his season yesterday as he tied for 22nd place at the NCAA Columbus Regional Tournament. He finished the three day event with a total score of eight over par 221. He shot three over 74 in the first two runs, and two over on Saturday in the final round.
"I am so proud of Matthew and the season he had," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "He absolutely played as hard as he could this week. He played well, just didn't score well enough to advance. He will have a bright future and is a great Spartan. I look forward to watching his progress over the coming years."
After starting out with two straight bogeys in the final round, Moseley picked it up with a birdie on the par five twelve. He finished his first nine at four over par, but then came back with a two under finish with three birdies.
Mosleley had the best finish in a NCAA Regional for a Spartan since 2010 when Jack Newman finished in 11th place. This was also his ninth top 25 finish this season. Moseley finished the season with a stroke average of 73.92, while his career average is a steady 74.84, which puts him at seventh in school history. Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 18th, 2013 at 7:49 PM
By MacK Lester
After the Penn State Nittany Lions tied the series with a shutout yesterday, the Spartans were able to create a late-game comeback to take the game and the series. Trailing Penn State 1-0 in the ninth, the Spartans scored two to take the lead and finish the last game and series of the season on a high note.
Mick VanVossen started on the mound for the Spartans and pitched a quality eight innings. He gave up the only Penn State run in the bottom of the sixth, as well as four hits and two walks. VanVossen struck out five batters as well.
In the top of the ninth inning, still trailing by one run, Ryan Richardson was walked then advanced to second on a passed ball. Jimmy Pickens hit the ball to deep right field and reached third base, allowing Richardson to score for the tie. Pickens then reached home to give the Spartans the lead when Anthony Cheky hit into a fielder’s choice and earning the game-winning RBI.
In the bottom of the ninth, Michigan State head Coach Jake Boss tapped Justin Alleman, the freshman reliever to take the mound, replacing VanVossen. Alleman, in spectacular fashion, struck out all three Penn State batters swinging in the bottom of the ninth, earning his seventh save of the season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 17th, 2013 at 11:47 PM
By MacK Lester
In the second game of the series at Penn State, the tables turned on the Spartans from the previous day as they fell victim to a hot offense and dominant pitching. The Nittany Lions were able to shut down Michigan State as they tied the series up, winning today 9-0.
Spartan starter David Garner was only able to stay in for 2.2 innings before being pulled. He gave up 11 hits and earned six runs. Trey Popp came in as the middle reliever and earned two runs off four hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Popp and Garner were able to strike out four batters apiece. Mike Theodore pitched in relief for the final inning, giving up two hits and a run.
Penn State’s Greg Walsh pitched lights out as he went the distance, pitching a complete game shutout. Through all nine innings he allowed only five hits and one walk while striking out two. Cam Gibson was able to hit 1-3 with a walk.
The two teams will meet tomorrow for the final game of the series and regular season. First pitch will be at 1:05 pm Eastern time in Medler Park. Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 16th, 2013 at 10:25 PM
By MacK Lester
In the first of three games against Penn State this weekend, the Michigan State baseball team brought out their best stuff. Combining a great show from the mound and tremendous offensive output, the Spartans easily handled Penn State today, 16-1.
Andrew Waszak started on the mound for Michigan State. He was able to pitch seven whole innings, giving up only six hit, two walks, and earned the only Penn State run. Relievers Anthony Misiewicz and Mike Mestdagh each pitched a single inning to close out the game.
Jimmy Pickens led the way for the Spartan offense going 2-4 at the plate, including a home run, four RBIs and being walked twice. Designated hitter Blaise Salter hit 3-6, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Salter also was able to notch three RBIs of his own. Cam Gibson hit 2-3 for the day with three RBIs as well. In total the Spartans compiled 13 hits, were walked 10 times, while the Penn State defense committed a total of five errors for the game.
The second game of the series between these two teams will start at 2:05 pm Eastern Time tomorrow. Right-hander David Garner will start on the mound for Michigan State. Read more... Join the Conversation...