Michigan State University Athletics is deeply saddened to learn that two-sport Spartan great Tom Yewcic has passed away at the age of 88 (1932 – 2020).
Anthony Misiewicz finished his first season in Major League Baseball (MLB) when the Seattle Mariners wrapped up the regular season over the weekend. Misiewicz opened the 60-game season with the big league club and stayed with the Mariners through the end of the regular season. Seattle finished in third place in the American League West Division with a 27-33 overall record. The rookie made his MLB debut on July 25, throwing 1.0 inning of relief and striking out one in an 8-2 loss at Houston.
A total of 21 Michigan State baseball players were in action in summer leagues across the country, with Spartans in action in leagues as close at Lansing, to as far away as Kansas and South Carolina, and several points in between.
Former Michigan State baseball player Anthony Misiewicz made his Major League Baseball debut Friday night with the Seattle Mariners on MLB’s Opening Night. Getting called out of the bullpen to start the bottom of the sixth inning, Misiewicz pitched 1.0 inning of relief in the Mariners’ 8-2 loss at Houston, firing one strikeout. Friday was Opening Day of the 2020 MLB season, in which teams are playing a 60-game season because of the shutdown forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a matter of several hours three months ago, Michigan State’s baseball team went from preparing for a normal weekend road trip to being told its season was over. There was no time to process it. Just, wham. The COVID-19 pandemic was shutting down sports, including MSU’s baseball season 15 games into a 56-game schedule. “It was a gut punch,” MSU coach Jake Boss Jr. said Monday.
Source: Lansing State Journal
The 1954 season was one for the ages as the Spartans won their first Big Ten Championship, ran through the NCAA tournament en route to a College World Series 3rd place finish, and completed the season with a then school-record 25-10-1 record behind the leadership of Spartan legend John Kobs. The ’54 team featured three future Major League players in Ed Hobaugh, Bob Powell, and College World Series MVP Tom Yewcic, and future NFL quarterback and 1968 NFL MVP Earl Morrall.
Erla is ranked No. 170 in this draft by Baseball America, which would normally be a great thing. Almost certainly, he would be taken in the first 10 rounds. But this year, the draft has been shrunk to just five rounds and only 160 players will be drafted when you count compensation picks. There were 40 rounds and 1,217 players drafted last year.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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.