Michigan State Spartans Baseball Releases 2015 Schedule

While there is not much news in the world of MSU baseball right now, the announcement of the 2015 schedule certainly pumped up fans in anticipation of the upcoming season.

There are many exciting games and matchups the Spartans will participate in this year. MSU plays nine games against NCAA Tournament teams from last year.  

The Spartans will be taking on much more talented non-conference teams than last year. MSU will play two three-game series against two baseball powerhouses in UCLA (Feb.27-Mar.1) and Oregon (April 3-5). The other non-conference games consist of Oregon State (Feb.14), Coastal Carolina (Mar. 8) and Clemson (Mar. 11).

If the Spartans can emulate some of their non-conference success from last year, they can take that momentum into an exciting in-conference schedule this year.

Two of the most anticipated games of the upcoming season’s schedule is two trips to Comerica Park this year, for both Michigan (Apr. 14) and Central Michigan (Apr. 15). After the University of Michigan escaped the clutches of playing MSU last year, head coach Jake Boss Jr. talked about how excited he is to see that game on the schedule.

“We have really enjoyed playing at Comerica Park the last couple of years,” Boss said. “Getting the chance to play Michigan down there should be a great atmosphere as well. We have a lot of alumni in the Detroit area that are excited about us coming down, and the fact that we get to come down back-to-back days is even better.”

Another key game Spartan fans look for every year is the annual trip to the Lansing Lugnuts’ stadium and watch their Michigan State Spartans play against some big league talent. This year MSU will make the trip down the road to Cooley Law School Stadium on April 9, as they look to improve on their outing from last year.

The last key date MSU fans need to mark on their calendars is March 24th, when the Central Michigan Chippewas come to McLane Baseball Stadium and try to continue their success over the Spartans. The Chippewas swept the Spartans last year, and I can guarantee you that not just fans are marking down that game on their calendars.

In regards to the start of the season, the Spartans will open up their 2015 baseball schedule in Surprise, Arizona as they will take on New Mexico in the first game of the season on February 13. Following games against Oregon State and Northwestern, MSU will travel to Texas and California before making their annual trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After that, they finish their non-conference schedule with multiple games in Greenville, South Carolina.

Once they complete the intense early-spring schedule, they will get their first taste of Big Ten action on March 20 as they head to Columbus, Ohio and face the Buckeyes in a three-game series.

It is a front-loaded schedule, but one that will prepare Boss’ team for the Big Ten road ahead of them.

A key record to look for this upcoming season is the record against teams that reside in the state of Michigan (Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and the University of Michigan). If Michigan State is primed for another Big Ten Tournament run, they will need to win the battle of the state of Michigan.

The Big Ten Tournament will take place May 20-24 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

See the full Michigan State 2015 schedule here: 2015 Schedule

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