PREVIEW: Michigan State baseball heads to Western Michigan


Sarah Smith

Aidan Arbaugh during the 2022 MSU baseball season. Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/WDBM

Matthew Coury, Baseball Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING— Michigan State baseball (13-8) looks to take a season sweep against in-state rival Western Michigan (5-16). The Spartans have won eight of their last nine games and hope to continue their winning ways against a familiar opponent they faced less than one week ago. 

In their last meeting, the Spartans rallied plenty of runs complemented by a very strong pitching performance to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win by a score of 8-3 on March 22. 

 “Put on the pressure,” said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. “Get ahead early in the count and play well on defense. If we do that we give ourselves a pretty good chance.” 

The Spartans continue to show that they are capable of winning in many different ways as their pitching has seen some improvement throughout the past few games. While they may be defensively trending in the right direction, their strength is their offense. Their .314 team batting average is among the top 30 in the country at No. 26. 

A focal point of the team’s current success comes from their ability to stay confident and resilient. 

 “They don’t get too high, they don’t get too low,” said Boss Jr. “They show a lot of sustained enthusiasm whether they are up or down.” 

The Broncos have dropped six straight games and are looking to snap that streak in their home opener Tuesday. The key to their game is a steady stream of runs all throughout the game as well as another strong outing from the pitching staff. The team has shown they are capable of scoring a solid amount of runs as well as pitching well at times but consistency is a huge aspect of this game.

Inclement weather changed the date of this game to be played Wednesday, March 28 with the first pitch set to start at 3:05.