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.
Michigan State got a walkoff 4-3 victory over Illinois State to keep its hopes alive in the NISC Regional. Ebonee Echols delivered the deciding hit, a double in the seventh inning. The teams face off again at 4 pm ET.
Michigan State has placed three players on the All-Great Lakes Region team, as announced on Thursday morning by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA): Lea Foerster, Kaitlyn Eveland, and Kelcey Carrasco.
A 10-run sixth inning propelled MSU to a come-from-behind victory over Murray State on Wednesday night, advancing MSU into the NISC regional finals on Thursday.
Kaitlyn Eveland went 3-for-4 with four RBI and Kristina Zalewski threw two innings of no-hit relief to secure a 7-1 win over IUPUI in an NISC elimination game on Wednesday.
Murray State rallied from a 6-0 deficit to score a 7-6 win in the ninth inning in the opening game of the National Softball Invitational Championship (NISC).
MSU joins IUPUI, and Murray State at regional host Illinois State for the NISC Tournament, which begins Tuesday. MSU joins IUPUI, and Murray State at regional host Illinois State for the tournament, with games beginning on Tuesday at 4 pm when the Spartans take on Murray State. The double-elimination regional round will be contested May 16-18. The Championship round will take place May 23-25 at a site to be determined after regional play.
The National Invitational Softball Championships (NISC) has announced that Michigan State is among the 48 teams selected for the inaugural tournament. The Spartans were the automatic qualifier from the Big Ten Conference.
The Spartan softball team ran out late-inning magic in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, falling to No. 3 seed Ohio State 4-3 on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
Michigan State’s softball team rallied for the second straight day today, this time to knock off its biggest rival. No. 7 seed MSU scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to upset No. 2 seed Michigan, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten softball tournament at Wilpon Complex/Alumni Field in Ann Arbor.
Source: Detroit Free Press
Michigan State opened the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday afternoon with an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Indiana.
In 2007, the last time Michigan State softball posted a winning season, junior Bridgette Rainey was 11 years old. Sophomore Ebonee Echols and freshman Jordan Watson were both 9. The three Spartans, all of which played their high school ball in Georgia and played club for the Atlanta Vipers, weren’t too familiar with MSU softball. All three, however, did know there wasn’t much winning going on when they committed. For them, the opportunity to build something was the draw.
Source: Lansing State Journal
The Big Ten Conference has announced its All-Conference teams, and three Spartans are among the post-season honorees: junior Lea Foerster, sophomore Kaitlyn Eveland and junior McKenzie Long.
Michigan State, the No. 7 seed, opens Big Ten Tournament play on Thursday vs. Indiana. The tournament will be held at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor.