Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and sub-freezing temperatures? It does not have the same ring to it, but fans of the Michigan State baseball team are getting closer to experiencing warmer temperatures and watching their Spartans play ball.
As we enter the spring semester, there are a few storylines that have sprung up here in late January. The first one being that the Spartans have begun team practices as confirmed here by head coach Jake Boss’s Twitter account:
Outstanding @statebaseball 1st practice this morning! 2015 team was ready to go, hard work over break showed. #Discipline #Passion #Detail
— Jake Boss (@BossJake) January 23, 2015
This begins a three-week training process as the team gears up for their 2015 season opener against New Mexico on February 13.
The 2015 college baseball top 25 was released earlier this week, and there are some notable teams represented. Most notably including two Big Ten teams, No. 14 Maryland and No. 23 Nebraska. Luckily Michigan State does not have to play either team this year in the regular season.
An unusual, but somewhat expected, no-show from the rankings is the 2014 Big Ten Champion Indiana Hoosiers. However, the Hoosiers will have to rely on much of their younger talent after the departures of 2014 All-Big Ten teammates Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis.
After Michigan State plays their season opener against New Mexico, they will continue a 2015 schedule that includes two top-25 teams (No. 4 UCLA and No. 22 Oregon). The Spartans will play both of those teams in three-game series. The UCLA series begins February 27 and the three-game stint against the Oregon Ducks begins April 3.
Looking outside of the Big Ten, there are eight SEC teams represented in the top 25 and an impressive four of those teams in the top 10 (No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 2 Florida, No. 5 South Carolina, No. 9 LSU).
Although we are still roughly two months away from the Spartans’ home opener on March 24 against Central Michigan, there is excitement in the air as the 2015 college baseball season is almost here.
Michigan State Baseball will also be holding a Pro Scout Development Camp on February 7 inside the team’s indoor facilities.
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