Zac Swierad

Tiger Talk – #7 – 6/16/14

A hour of Tiger Talk? Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

The Tiger faithful are back to continue the conversation about the pesky AL Central. Hosts Tony Garcia and Richie Cozzolino congregate to discuss the White Sox-Tigers series. Returning to the podcast is Warning Track host and Michigan State baseball reporter Zac Swierad.

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The Pact – #32 – 5/26/14

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.

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The Pact – #31 – 5/19/14

The show kicks off with a special guest, Zac Sweirad, Impact Sports’ MSU baseball reporter, who adds to the panel’s discussion of the team’s season and what to expect in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.

The topics then shift to playoffs and begin with a heated debate about the Chris Kreider-Carey Price collision in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The show wraps up with a discussion about the NBA playoffs and how much the Serge Ibaka injury will hurt the Oklahoma City Thunder against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

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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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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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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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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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After 23 Games Away, Spartans Back at McLane

Michigan State baseball opened up their home season against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Wednesday.

“It’s good to finally be home,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “We love playing here.”

Redshirt senior Chase Rihtarchik was on the mound for the Spartans. The righty looked to improve on his 0-2 record against the Golden Grizzlies.

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Warning Track – #2 – 3/26/14

In the second episode of Warning Trackco-hosts Zac Swierad and Brett Kast are joined over the phone by MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr.

They discuss the upcoming schedule, this season’s team motto, players to watch, and why the Michigan Wolverines are not on the schedule.

Brett and Zac also discuss the recent struggles at Ohio State, along with a breakdown of coach Boss’ interview.

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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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