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MSU’s Jordan Keur steps up to bat in Santa Clara series Under the Friday night lights of Schott Stadium in Santa Clara, California, Michigan State baseball defeated Santa Clara for the first time in the three game series beginning on March 15. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they were without captain, John Martinez, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, partial MCL and torn lateral meniscus. Yet do not fret baseball fans, Martinez will undergo knee surgery and is applying for medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. Even without the senior, the Spartans were still able to complete the 6-1 win in the first game against Santa Clara. In the bottom of the first inning, senior Jordan Keur placed the Spartans on the board with an RBI double, scoring Anthony Cheky. Michigan State then jumped their lead to 4-0 with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Spartans added two more runs in the eighth inning after Keur crossed the plate and after Justin Hovis scored on a wild pitch in the ninth. Senior pitcher, Andrew Waszak, had an incredible game for the Spartans with five strikeouts and allowing just three hits and no runs in seven innings. Freshman Justin Alleman pitched 1 and 1/3 innings and gave up the only Bronco run in the ninth. On Saturday, March 16, Michigan State took on Santa Clara again with a doubleheader in Santa Clara, CA. Sweeping the series and recording two more wins for Michigan State, they improved to 9-7, while Santa Clara dropped to 8-12. In their first weekend sweep of their season, Michigan State took and early lead and held out to win 7-5 in the second game of the series. Blaise Salter hit a two run homerun to left, putting MSU ahead 4-0 early in the second inning, while Cam Gibson went on to score off an RBI double by Cheky. Continuing his strong game at bat, Keur followed up with an RBI single, finishing the second inning. Scoring a run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, the Broncos threated MSU by slowly catching up at 4-3. Yet the Spartans added another run from a single by Keur in the eighth inning. Santa Clara scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Alleman halted the Broncos rally and got the final out for the Spartans. Thanks to the season high 19-hit game, MSU was able to seal the victory in this doubleheader beginning. Just hours later in the final game of the series, Michigan State finished the game with a strong 9-1 win. In the bottom of the second, senior Joel Fisher hit a three run homer, again putting the Spartans ahead early. Michigan State continued their momentum into the third and added three more runs to take an overwhelming 6-0 lead. Adding to the lead, Salter scored on a bases-loaded walk, giving easy points to the Spartans. Both Fisher and Ryan Krill added an RBI in the seventh, giving an 8-1 lead for the Spartans. Finally, Jimmy Pickens added another RBI in the ninth, giving Michigan State the 9-1 win and the series sweep. In this final series game, sophomore Mick VanVossen threw for seven innings in the game and allowed just three hits, one run, and recorded a strikeout for MSU. VanVossen gave up the only run on a grounder in the sixth inning, however, the Spartans vastly out hit the Broncos 16-3 in this game two of the doubleheader. The Spartans host Oakland University this weekend in their home opener at McLane Stadium in East Lansing, MI. This three game series will begin Friday, March 22 at 3:05 p.m. and will continue with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.

Michigan State draws Valpo

Michigan State will open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday just 82 miles down the road from East Lansing, playing Horizon Conference tournament champion Valparaiso (26-7) at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Spartans, who tied for second in the Big Ten regular season and lost in the tournament semi-finals, are a No. 3 seed. If they beat Valpo, next up is the winner of the game between...

Michigan State baseball head coach, Jake Boss, speaks about season

After taking down Santa Clara on March 15th and 16th, Michigan State baseball head coach, Jake Boss, speaks on MSU’s three game win in California and looks ahead to the read of the season during the baseball press conference on March 18. The Spartans currently have a record of 9-7 in their start to the season and are looking to increase their wins next week when they take on...

Michigan State's Izzo takes it 2 games at a time

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Michigan State coach Tom Izzo approaches the NCAA tournament differently than he did early in his career. He and his assistants used to just worry about the first matchup. Izzo says his staff now prepares for more than one game each week. The strategy has worked well. Izzo has won 37 NCAA tournament...

Five Spartans To Watch Spring 2013

We name five Spartans that Michigan State fans should watch during the spring as the Spartans get ready to hit the field this coming week.

Spartans Staying Close To Home

Michigan State will make its 27th NCAA tournament appearance and 15th consecutive on Thursday when they play No. 14 seed Valparaiso in Auburn Hills, Michigan at the tournament's second/third round site.

Michigan State-Valparaiso Game Time Set for 12:15 PM ET Thursday

The Michigan State Spartans and Valparaiso Crusaders will be among the first teams to take to the court during the NCAA Tournament’s second round. Their game at The Palace of Auburn Hills will tip at 12:15 p.m. EDT — the first of four games to be played at The Palace on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on CBS. About 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Michigan State-Valpo...

2013 Spring Football Preview: Michigan State looks to get back on track

  2013 Spring Football Preview: Michigan State looks to get back on track Michigan State had a ton of hype heading into the 2012 season, people outside of the program were calling for the Spartans to make it back to their first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, the exact opposite happened: Michigan State almost missed out on a bowl...

Michigan State basketball draws 3 seed in Auburn Hills

Finally, we’ve arrived. March Madness is upon us. After playing through one of the toughest and deepest seasons in the history of the Big Ten conference, and going through over three months of the Big Ten beating the hang out of each other, the Michigan State basketball team (25-8, 13-5) found out on Sunday where they would be headed for the first couple of rounds of the 2013...

Report: Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State all in same Big Ten football division

via Out with the Leaders and Legends divisions and in with the…severely stacked East Division and Wisconsin/Nebraska cakewalk West Division. According to an report Tuesday, the divisions are likely to be divided based on geography with an East and a West.  Michigan State and Michigan would both be in the Eastern side.  The divisional breakdown...

Michigan State Spartans 2013 Spring Football Preview

Entering 2012, Mark Dantonio's program faced an age-old question of rebuilding or reloading? Had Michigan State, following the two most successful...

Time To Fulfill Dreams

In Mark Dantonio fashion the Michigan State head coach challenged his newest addition of Spartans as they prepared to open spring practice on Tuesday.
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