Concussions have been a huge issue in the sports world for the past few years and MSU sports journalism professor, Joanne Gerstner, is writing a book on youth concussions and sports. The book is aimed at coaches, athletes and parents. Gerstner called-in to The Pact to discuss her book with Fino and Faith, and how concussions need to stop being ignored at the youth level.
The Michigan State women’s tennis team enjoyed a successful weekend at the 25th annual Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational with 13 total victories on the first day and 12 on day two.
MSU hosted the University of Detroit-Mercy, Indiana-University Purdue-University Fort Wayne and Toledo at this year’s invitational.
After losing to the University of Wisconsin on Friday, Michigan State dropped their second Big Ten game against the University of Minnesota in overtime, 1-0.
The Spartans were out shot by the Golden Gophers 17-7, but the game was much closer than the numbers on the stat sheet, despite tired legs and a few injured Spartans.
In a back-and-forth game in which both teams had multiple opportunities to put goals on the scoreboard, the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers slipped past the Michigan State Spartans 2-1 in overtime.
From the start of the game, Wisconsin controlled much of the possession in the first half and had early chances in the Spartans’ final third, but could not convert within the first 10 minutes.
Michigan State had a fair share of scoring chances in the first half, with an opportunity in the seventh minute.
After defeating the Western Michigan Broncos 3-2 in double overtime, Michigan State tied its third-longest undefeated streak to start a season in program history.
The panel welcomes a new producer as well as a host of heated debate topics to dig into this week.
The Pact lost the first and only producer of the show, Lou Divizio, as he moved up in the world. Jonathan Yales now takes over to lead the second generation of the show to new heights.
This week’s show began again with guest reporter, Zac Sweirad, to discuss the outcome of MSU baseball’s season and the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Neb.
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.
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.
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.
In the final weekend of Big Ten conference play, the Northwestern Wildcats swept the Spartans.
Coming into the three-game series, the Wildcats were on a four-game losing streak before the Spartans came to town. This streak came to a stifling end, with the 8-0 victory the ‘Cats had over MSU on May 2, the first game of the series.
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.
The senior Lady Spartans took the field at Secchia Stadium for their final time on Sunday. The five seniors, four players and Bryan Rourke, four-year student manager,were joined by their family members on the field to be honored for their contribution to the program over their collegiate years. The seniors gathered with their family members to create an unforgettable moment singing the fight song together for the final time on their home field.
Senior, Emma Fernandez was escorted on the back of her brother with her parents at her side with the goal to make sure the day was fun rather than something to be upset about.
With a scoreless game until the top of the fifth, the Spartans held their own against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as MSU lost 2-0 on Friday at Secchia Stadium.
Freshman pitcher Valerie Kaff threw her 10th complete game of the season, scattering five hits.
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.
The No. 8 Michigan State lacrosse team has a chance to take second place in their division with a win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Michigan State currently sits second in the CCLA with a 4-1 division record, 10-3 overall. Pittsburgh (6-6, 3-2) is close behind at third in the division.
After a seven-game winning streak was snapped with a loss to No. 19 Davenport, No. 8 Michigan State will try to regroup as they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday.
Minnesota (8-4, 4-1) plays in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference, where they are currently in second place. They have won six of their last seven games, with the only loss coming to Minnesota-Duluth, whom MSU beat 9-5 earlier this season.
It was a cloudy Sunday as Michigan State faced off against the University of Michigan. Although the Spartans avoided a predicted rainstorm, they did not miss the downpour the Wolverines’ offense brought to the plate in the final inning.
In the series finale, No. 5 Michigan exploded in the final inning for ten runs after a close low scoring game to clinch the series sweep over the Spartans.