Redshirt-junior pitcher Mason Erla was named a Second-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, announced by the publication Tuesday. Erla becomes Michigan State’s first All-American since 2015 when relief pitcher Dakota Mekkes was a Third-Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-American.
Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr., announced that Mason Kottmeyer will be joining the Spartans in the fall of 2020. Kottmeyer is a right-handed pitcher from North Aurora, Illinois (Kaneland High School). “Mason is a very athletic young man with a frame that is extremely protectable,” Boss said. “His best days are ahead of him, and his potential is off the charts. He is an outstanding student who is excited about the Broad College of Business here at MSU.”
In his four starts this year – before all NCAA spring sports were shut down by the coronavirus pandemic – Erla was one of the dominant pitchers in college baseball. Check out the drastic improvements:
14.5 strikeouts/nine innings
.211 opposing batting average
Those are the types of numbers that get you noticed by Major League Baseball scouts. So does a fastball that currently tops out at 97 miles per hour.
Source: Lansing State Journal
Six months after being selected in the Major League Baseball draft, Adam Berghorst climbed the steps of the visitors’ dugout along the third-base line at Yankee Stadium and stepped onto the field. Wearing cleats and a uniform, he checked out the famous ballpark in the Bronx and filed it as a memory to cherish. And he did so as a tight end on the Michigan State football team.
Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. gives fans a recap of each of his 12 seasons at the helm of the Spartans and some of his favorite highlights from each campaign. The weekly series starts off with Coach Boss’ first year with the Spartans, 2009.
Michigan State redshirt-junior pitcher Mason Erla was named the Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Week, announced by the conference office on Tuesday, March 10. Erla collects his second award in as many days after being named one Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s National Players of the Week on Monday, acknowledging his performance over the weekend.
Michigan State baseball was overtaken late by Louisiana, getting clipped by the Ragin’ Cajuns, 6-3, Saturday on the second day of play of the Cox Diamond Invitational at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Mason Erla fired a career-high 12 strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning to lead Michigan State to a 1-0 win over Troy Friday night in a pitchers’ duel to end the opening day of Cox Diamond Invitational action at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Michigan State baseball redshirt-sophomore infielder Peter Ahn has been named the Big Ten Conference Co-Player of the Week, for his performance over the weekend, as announced by the conference office on Monday, March 2.
Down 6-2 in the fourth inning, Michigan State baseball rallied with six unanswered runs for an 8-6 victory for MSU over Ball State Sunday afternoon in the final game of the 2020 First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive.
A Bryce Kelley throw to Gabe Sotres for the tag at the plate gave Michigan State the defensive walk-off win over Western Carolina, 4-3, Saturday night to close the second of three days of the 2020 First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive.
Zach Iverson provided Michigan State baseball with its second walk-off win in a row, smacking a single to right center field to propel an 8-7 victory for MSU over Kansas, Friday afternoon in the opening game of the 2020 First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive.
Peter Ahn’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning boosted Michigan State baseball to a wild, 15-14 win over Merrimack Sunday afternoon at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive
Michigan State baseball was topped twice by Merrimack, 3-1 and 7-5, in Saturday’s doubleheader at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive.
Michigan State baseball will look to continue its hot start to the season when the Spartans make the first of two trips to Greenville, S.C. this weekend, taking on Merrimack in a four-game series at Fluor Field, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23
Michigan State’s Bryce Kelley has been tabbed as the Big Ten Conference Co-Player of the Week, for his performance in the opening weekend, as announced by the conference office on Monday, Feb. 17. Kelley, a senior outfielder, shared the accolade with fellow outfielder, Grant Richardson of Indiana. Michigan’s Steven Hajjar collected both the Pitcher and Freshman of the Week awards.
Michigan State got another standout pitching effort and some timely hitting to beat Morehead State, 10-4, Sunday afternoon at Shipyard Park in Charleston, S.C. The Spartans completed the four-game sweep, giving them their second four-game sweep to open the season in the last four years.
Last week, under solid gray skies and in 30-degree temperatures that felt more like the 20’s, the Michigan State baseball team was able to practice outdoors in East Lansing for just the third time this winter. The Spartans’ intrasquad scrimmage at McLane Stadium was made possible, in part, due to their heated infield – the electrically-powered infield installed in 2016 by Fields Inc. was the first of its kind in the world – and offered a short but chilly reprieve from the cabin fever the team has been fighting while practicing indoors.
Source: Detroit Free Press
Michigan State baseball will leadoff its 136th season of baseball with the first pitch of the 2020 ledger when the Spartans take on Morehead State in an all-MSU match-up, playing at Shipyard Park in Charleston, S.C., Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16
Three Michigan State baseball players were tabbed to the Big Ten Conference Preseason Honors list, as the league announced its preseason honors list and preseason poll on Wednesday, Feb. 12, prior to the opening weekend of the 2020 season, which gets underway on Friday. The league’s coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three student-athletes from their own squads to a Preseason Honors list. MSU Preseason honorees included redshirt-junior pitcher Mason Erla, senior pitcher Jarret Olson and sophomore outfielder Zaid Walker.