Michigan State got a pitching gem from senior Bridgette Rainey to earn a 2-1 Sunday victory over Southern Illinois to wrap the Gamecock Invitational at South Carolina.
Michigan State dropped its third straight game, a 5-1 decision to South Carolina on Friday in Columbia.
Michigan State plays four games at the Gamecock Invitational, hosted by the University of South Carolina. MSU will have single games against Georgetown and host South Carolina (Friday), Mercer (Saturday) and Southern Illinois (Sunday).
Michigan State dropped its final game of the FAU Kickoff Classic on Sunday morning, falling to Boston University 3-0. A lack of timely hits and a too many fielding errors plagued MSU (2-3) in the game, as the Spartans stranded nine runners and committed four errors.
Senior Lea Foerster delivered an RBI double with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 5-3 walkoff victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday in Boca Raton.
Kelcey Carrasco went 3-for-3 (two doubles) and had three RBI as Michigan State earned its first victory of the 2018 season, an 8-0 decision over Bethune-Cookman in five innings. The Spartans scored multiple runs in the first third, and fourth innings, while starter Jordan Watson (1-0) scattered five hits to earn the victory in the circle.
Despite a career-best 11 strikeouts from senior Bridgette Rainey, MSU dropped a 3-0 decision to host Florida Atlantic on Friday night in Boca Raton, Fla.
A first-inning rally for Duke would be all the Blue Devils needed, as the MSU offense couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell 3-0 in the season opener.
Michigan State opens the 2018 season in Boca Raton, Fla. at the Florida Atlantic First Pitch Classic. MSU has played in a tournament at FAU in each of the last eight seasons, and opens its schedule in Boca for the second straight year.
Michigan State softball coach Jacquie Joseph has announced the 2018 Spartan softball schedule, which features games against schools from 14 different conferences, nine non-conference teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and three which advanced to the Women’s College World Series in 2017.
Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph has announced the addition of Benjamin Sorden to the Spartan softball staff. Sorden comes to Michigan State after four seasons (2014-17) on the softball staff at Indiana.
Jacquie Joseph has announced the upcoming addition of three student-athletes to the Michigan State Softball program for the 2019 season: Charla Echols, Abigail Joseph, and McKenzie Meech.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has announced its All-America Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2016-17 academic year, which includes six Spartan student-athletes. For the Spartans, 2017 graduate Sarah Gutknecht, current seniors Lea Foerster, Bridgette Rainey, and Kristina Zalewski, and juniors Kaitlyn Eveland and Kelly Zackrison made the list of honorees. Nominees had to be of at least sophomore standing earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.
Michigan State softball coach Jacquie Joseph has announced the fall exhibition schedule for her team, with six fall dates that will help her team prepare for the upcoming 2018 season
Satchmo and DB discuss a variety of topics including the firing of Curtis Blackwell, the Title IX investigation into the football team, the Spartan football schedule, how the Spartan football and softball teams ended their seasons, the Spartan hockey staff rounding into shape and other news of note.
Junior Lea Foerster (Portage, Mich.) has been named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-American, as announced this afternoon.
Michigan State softball players Lea Foerster (Portage, Mich.) and Kristina Zalewski (Ann Arbor, Mich.) have earnedLea Foerster Academic All-America honors, as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday, May 25.
It was MSU’s first postseason tournament appearance since 2004, when it won the Big Ten Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA regionals. The 34 wins were the Spartans’ most since 2006, and they broke seven team offensive records, including runs scored (345), batting average (.313), home runs (66) and RBIs (320). MSU loses two seniors going into next season.
Source: Detriot Free Press
Michigan State’s 2017 season came to an end on Thursday in the regional finale of the National Invitational Softball Championship, a 5-0 loss to host Illinois State.