Warning Track

Warning Track – #6 – 5/24/14

Brett Kast takes the reins filling in for host Zac Swierad and is joined by Alex Scharg to talk about the Big Ten baseball tournament. As the end of the season looms ahead, Kast and Scharg discuss who the most important players have been for the Spartans and also which of those players may be heading to the pros early.

Kast and Scharg also get heated on how to sum up this season. Was it average? Below average? Find out their rankings on this tournament edition of Warning Track.

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Happy Ride Home for Spartan Baseball

Leading up to this point, Michigan State baseball did what they needed to reach the Big Ten tournament in Omaha, Neb.

They needed one victory yesterday in a double-header against Penn State to clinch a spot and they did just that.

At the same time, they were looking to hold onto their half-game lead over Iowa in the conference standings.

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Frustration Building as MSU Drops Second Game of Series versus Nebraska

It was both senior day and Mother’s Day which made the stakes even higher for the Spartans who already looking for a much needed win.

Justin Alleman took the mound for Michigan State and he looked to give MSU a good outing and a chance to even up the series.

However, it was the Nebraska Cornhuskers that came out on top, 4-1.

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Spartan Baseball Drops Close Game to Nebraska

If only MSU was playing horseshoes and hand grenades.

The stage was set — alumni day, sunny and beautiful weather, and a big crowd. It was the perfect day for a MSU win but the Spartans fell short, 5-3, in the first game of a three-game series versus Nebraska.

It was a close game, but there was no ‘W’. And coach Jake Boss was frustrated after the loss. Read More…

Trying to Stay Hot, MSU Catches Serious Cold in Illinois

In a battle against the second best team in the Big Ten, MSU was swept for the second time this season.

After the Spartans easily dismantled the Northwestern Wildcats, they looked to continue their success in Champaign against Illinois. Spartan junior Mick VanVossen looked to improve over his last outing in the first of the three-game series.

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Sparty Wins Close One in First Game of Series against Wildcats

The Spartans had their ace on the mound Friday, as they tried to get rid of the bad Big Ten taste in their mouth from last weekend.

Starter Mick VanVossen said it was an improvement over last weekend.

“Just trying to keep things simple, every time I go out I just try to put the team in a position to win,” VanVossen said.

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Baseball Rockets past Toledo to Recover from Weekend Sweep

Michigan State rocketed back after a weekend sweep, with a win over Toledo Tuesday.

The Spartans suffered an embarrassing weekend sweep at the hands of Indiana, and they were back on the field Tuesday afternoon with some vengeance. The Toledo Rockets were their prey.  Michigan State was able to regain their stride against the Rockets as they pulled out a 4-2 win.

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Warning Track – #5 – 4/22/14

On episode five of Warning Track, co-hosts Zac Swierad and Brett Kast sit down to discuss the Spartans’ recent skid. Zac and Brett talk about the impact of being swept by No. 18 Indiana, losing to Central Michigan and defeating Toledo.

What have the Spartans been doing right? What has been going wrong? What will it take to qualify for the Big Ten tournament?

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Warning Track – #4 – 4/16/14

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and Spartan baseball is bringing the heat. After a weekend series win over Purdue, Brett and Zac give a recap of the past games and preview the upcoming contests.

Who has been struggling? Who has been hot? Who is moving around in the lineup?

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Baseball Rebounds from Tough Loss to Win Series against Purdue

The Spartans looked to come back from a disappointing loss on Friday in extra innings. Michigan State took on Purdue in a doubleheader Saturday, looking to improve its Big Ten record to above .500.

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Close Game Escapes Sparty

Michigan State began its first Big Ten home series against the Purdue Boilermakers with its ace on the mound whom in his last outing flirted with perfection through five innings. In Friday’s outing however, he flirted with disaster.

Mick VanVossen gave up two early runs in the game, and the Spartans never really seemed to be able to recover. They made multiple mental mistakes and could not come through in the clutch with runners in scoring position.

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Spartans’ Sloppy Play Leads to Lopsided Loss against CMU

The Spartans came into their Tuesday matchup against Central Michigan with a seven-game winning streak and their heads held high. However, after a sloppy game full of mistakes, they left with a one-game losing streak and a bad taste in their mouth.

“The way we played today is unacceptable,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said.  “It’s as embarrassing of a loss I think I’ve had here at Michigan State”

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Warning Track – #3 – 4/7/14

The baseball season is in full swing accompanied by some good and bad weather. Zac and Brett talk about the first games in the press box and discuss where the team is at thus far in the season.

In episode three, we learn what underrated statistic gives the Spartans an edge, and how they have fared so far this season. Brett and Zac break down both the offensive and defensive play of the Spartans against Oakland, Siena, and the Lansing Lugnuts.

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Michigan State Sweeps Siena in Weekend Series

The Spartans continued their momentum from Saturday’s doubleheader by completing a sweep of the Siena Saints in a three-game series, giving them their seventh win in a row.

“It’s hard to sweep,” head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “I think we got a good ball club, but it’s not easy to win three in a row.”

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Spartan Pitching Shuts Down Siena, Takes Both in Doubleheader

The pitching show that took place Saturday at McLane Stadium was full of firsts.

For starters, it marked the first meeting between the Michigan State Spartans and Siena Saints. It was also the first time starting pitcher Mick VanVossen tossed 10 strikeouts in one game. He also pitched his first complete game of the season.

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Spartans Begin Weekend Series against Siena

After a tough loss in the exhibition matchup against the Lansing Lugnuts in the Crosstown Showdown, the Spartans look to bounce back against Siena College this weekend in a three game series at McLane Stadium.

This series will mark the first time ever that Michigan State and Siena take the field against each other. Siena plays out of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and is 5-20 this season. Their pitching staff has a combined ERA of 7.79 and an opponent batting average of .348.

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Spartans Battle in Crosstown Showdown, Lose 3-2

Michigan State took on its crosstown rival in Lansing in the Crosstown Showdown for an eighth consecutive year. The Spartans geared up ready for the game despite the elements. The temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees.

“Most of the guys were pretty impressed with the crowd,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “I think especially it being a cold night, a lot of people came out still.”

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