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Tiger Talk – #4 – 4/10/14

The 2014 season is in full swing and the lads already have critiques for the team. Your host Richie Cozzolino, panelist Zac Swierad and production wiz Jonathan Yales dissect the team after the infant stages of the season.

Detroit is no stranger to an ailing bullpen. Did you think after three years of failing relief pitching that the Tigers would still have this issue? These guys certainly did not. The discussion opens up with a lengthy, disappointing talk about Joe Nathan and his lack of closing for the Tigers. The guys search for options in the bullpen for Detroit, and who, if anyone, can step up for a team falling apart horrendously at the end of games.

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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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Secret Society – #8 – 4/9/14

Secret Society is back again for an eighth episode. And this week, Bradley Allen brings MSU dodgeball captains Mike Van Ermen and Colin O’Brien into the studio. Van Ermen and O’Brien share how they got their start in dodgeball and preview the upcoming NCDA Championships this weekend.

Also discussed is the dodgeball world’s love-hate relationship with the 2004 blockbuster movie, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and of course some of Mike, Colin and Bradley’s favorite MSU moments.

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Opinion: Future Still Bright for MSU Hockey

The season is over and we all have questions. Is Tom Anastos under the gun next year? Will developing “organically” help or hurt the team? How will MSU be able to replace Wolfe, Riemer and the Chelios brothers?

First off, I do not think anyone will deny that this season was much better than last season. Winning percentage was higher, defense was better, and overall, it just seemed that MSU was in almost every game they played in.

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Rowdies & Rensing

At Michigan State, the student sections for football, men’s basketball and hockey are filled to the brim with die-hard fans.

Over the past two years, a new student section has grown and can be heard banging a drum and chanting from the Sparty statue all the way to DeMartin Stadium.

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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Lacrosse tops No. 24 Minnesota-Duluth

The Spartans continued their offensive onslaught Sunday, with the University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s lacrosse team being their most recent victim.

No. 4 Michigan State defeated the No. 24 Bulldogs 9-5 Sunday afternoon, powered by a 5-1 run in the second and third quarters.

“We played all four quarters consistently,” head coach Brandon Schwind said. “Our offense executed and our defense was strong.”

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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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Men’s Baseball Gallery: Siena vs. MSU (Game 2)

Strong starting pitching allowed the Spartans to sweep the Saturday doubleheader against the visiting Siena Saints.

Mick VanVossen tossed 10 strikeouts in the first game and also pitched his first complete game of the season. Justin Alleman went 7 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one earned run in the second game.

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Last Leg – #6 – 4/5/14

School is starting to wind its way down, but the outdoor MSU track and field season is just revving up.

In episode six of Last Leg, Alexa is joined by Coxswain host Nathaniel Gaynor in studio as mid-distance freshman runner Aubrey Wilberding and distance coach Lisa Senakiewich stop by to talk about 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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A-Score – #1 – 3/27/14

Co-hosts Jalen Walker and Erin Eschels sit down with MSU women’s gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages, junior Alina Cartwright, and freshman Elena Lagoski on their first episode of A-Score.

This episode features gymnastics 101, a recap of the Big Ten Championships, a brief gymnastics history lesson, a preview for the NCAA Regionals, and much more!

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Tiger Talk – #3 – 3/24/14

We are full of opinions, digressions and predictions on this episode of Tiger Talk.

Your charming host, Richie Cozzolino, along with panelists Zac Swierad and Brett Kast and producer Jonathan Yales, discuss the future for Detroit at the shortstop position. Should the Tigers have traded Jose Alvarez for a brand-spanking new Andrew Romine at short with Jose Iglesias out for nearly the whole year?

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Bittersweet Spartan Symphony

Last.

This bittersweet adjective is one that MSU seniors have been using a lot lately when referring to the winter of their collegiate experience. The last semester, last class, last chance.

For Michigan State’s heavyweight, Mike McClure, his last season for MSU went out on a highlight. McClure finished the NCAA Championship with a fifth place finish and secured All-American honors over the weekend. McClure is the first Spartan All-American heavyweight since Don Whipp in 1993.

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Corner Kick: A Conversation with Women’s Soccer

We had the honor of hosting some of the men’s soccer players in studio, but now it is time to dig into the women’s team.

Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Courtney Clem and Michelle Dear stop by the studio to talk about last season, what the team is focusing on this spring and to find out who these ladies are.

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Opinion: Do or Die for MSU Hockey

The regular season is in the books. It’s history. Forget about it!

The postseason has arrived and it is a whole new ballgame…or puck-game…whatever. The inaugural Big Ten hockey tournament is here, and the Spartans will have to win-out in order to continue their season.

This season has not been too kind to the Spartans. They have struggled to find the back of the net (which they seem to be fixing as of late), their quality of play has been inconsistent, and games have slipped away by the narrowest of margins.

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Keeper!!!

Paul Gilbert, the new volunteer assistant coach for the MSU men’s soccer team, stops by the studio to talk about his new role with the team. Starting goalie Zach Bennett and backup goalie Quinn McAnaney also stopped in to talk about goalkeeping and what it is like to work with Paul.

Zach and Quinn also tackle the challenging, but always entertaining, player questionnaire. What teammate do they never want to score on them during practice? Who is the most athletic person on the team? What women’s soccer player do they believe can score on them?

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Behind The Mask – #5 – 3/16/14

Scott Moore, the voice of Michigan State hockey, joins David Defever for another episode of Behind the Mask recapping MSU’s final weekend of Big Ten and regular season play, along with a preview and predictions of the upcoming Big Ten tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.

Michigan State heads into the Big Ten tournament as a No. 5 seed and will face off against No. 4 Ohio State, a team they have tied three times in the regular season, on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET at the Xcel Energy Center.

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