Michigan State baseball prepares for its first weekend series against Michigan


The Michigan State baseball team will host the Michigan Wolverines This weekend.

The Spartans have been very average lately. Over the weekend, MSU suffered a series loss against ohio state at Columbus, losing Saturday’s game as well as Game 2 of Sunday’s double-header.

On Saturday, the Michigan State pitcher allowed 20 total hits. 13 of those hits were converted into runs. Harrison Cook couldn’t get out of the third inning as he allowed seven runs over two innings. His ERA went to worst on MSU’s rotation at 9.85.

Michigan State’s bullpen was tight in Game 1 of Sunday’s double-header. After Nick Powers left the mound after the fifth inning, MSU was down an 8-2 hole. Freshman Ryan Szczepaniak picked up the win, pitching two innings on one hit. Closer Kyle Bischoff hammered his sixth save of the season.

The Spartans bats woke up in the eighth inning as they mounted a five-run comeback on the heels of hits from Dillon Kark, Jack Frank and Peter Ahn.

MSU’s Wyatt Rush suffered the loss in Game 2 of the double-header, allowing two earned runs in relief on Sunday. Ohio State’s Griffan Smith took the win, pitching 5.1 relief innings.

After Michigan State’s Tuesday game against Eastern Michigan was postponed due to a scheduling conflict, the Spartans took on the Western Michigan Broncos on Wednesday. A massive seven-run first inning was all WMU needed to defeat MSU.

Cook took the loss, allowing seven runs, although whoever scored was hit by an error from Kark. It was the first of two errors he made during the game. Each of West Michigan’s nine starting batters had at least five plate appearances in the win, as the Broncos won 18-7.

Michigan State is now 13-16 overall this season 2-4 in Big Ten play. The Spartans will host the Michigan Wolverines this weekend. UM is 17-15 on the season and 3-3 in the Big Ten.

Friday’s game, the Capital Clash, will be played at Jackson Field in Lansing (home of the Lugnuts). The first pitch is at 5:05 p.m. Eastern Time and will air on ESPNU.

Saturday and Sunday’s games will take place at McLane Stadium in East Lansing. The first pitch on Saturday is at 4:05 p.m., after Michigan State Football‘s spring football game, and Sunday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m.


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