Joanna Bartz’s love for softball began at age five, starting with T-ball at her local home park in Mattawan, Michigan. Her love soon turned into a skilled passion as Bartz grew.
Michigan State’s bats finally warmed up in California, and the Spartans earned their first win of the Spring Break trip with an 11-3 in six innings over Nebraaska-Omaha, avenging a 4-2 UNO win in the Friday matchup of the teams.
Michigan State split its second straight day of action, earning a 5-0 shutout victory over FGCU in the nightcap of the Saturday schedule. The Spartans got an impressive complete-game performance from pitcher Alli Walker, who surrendered just three base hits and struck out five.
Michigan State opens the 2020 softball season with the Felsburg Invitational at FIU. MSU plays at FIU for the third consecutive season and opens in Miami for the second straight year. MSU will play five games against four teams – two against Syracuse, one against both host FIU and Cal, and then one against Big Ten rival Penn State. The MSU-PSU matchup is a non-conference game that will not count in the Big Ten standings.
Michigan State had six athletes on the list, in addition to the team earning recognition of maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better. Graduated seniors Kaitlyn Eveland, and Kelly Zackrison, juniors Joanna Bartz, Caitie Ladd, and Katie Quinlan, and sophomore Abby Joseph were all recipients of the Scholar-Athlete award.
Michigan State softball will play a fall ball series against rival Michigan, as announced by head coach Jacquie Joseph. The series will start in East Lansing on Wednesday, Oct. 2, when the teams will play at 5 pm.
Senior Ebonee Echols (Newnan, Ga.) has been named Second Team All-Great Lakes Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), as announced on Thursday. The selection of Echols makes it four straight seasons that the Spartans have had at least one All-Region selection, with Echols being the sixth student-athlete honored in that time frame.
Michigan State kicks off the 2019 softball season at the Florida International Tournament in Miami, Florida. The Spartans will play five games over three days, taking on UConn, host FIU, Bryant, and playing two games against Memphis.
Thanks in large part to an anonymous contribution of near $1.4 million from a Spartan alum, Michigan State University announced that lights will be installed at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field, the home of MSU baseball and Secchia Stadium, the home of MSU softball, in preparation for the upcoming 2019 season.
Freshman Charla Echols (Newnan, Ga.) has been named to the 2019 Junior National Training Team, as announced on Wednesday by USA Softball. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete in select tournaments/invitational events before the final 17-player roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup will be finalized.
Michigan State softball coach Jacquie Joseph has announced that five incoming freshmen in the fall of 2019 have committed to play softball for the Spartans. A pair of outfielders in Erica Holt, (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Brooke Snyder (Westlake Village, Calif) shortstop Jenae Wash (St. John’s, Fla.), pitcher Sarah Ladd (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and catcher Kennedy Wyllie (Peoria, Arizona) will all begin wearing Green and White in the 2020 Michigan State Softball Season.
Source: Michigan State Official
Michigan State head coach Jaquie Joseph has announced the 2019 schedule for the Spartan softball program. The 54-game slate features four home Big Ten series in addition to a home-and-home with archrival Michigan; non-conference tournaments at Florida International, Grand Canyon, Miami (Ohio), Auburn and Alabama in addition to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Source: Softball Announces 2019 Schedule
Seniors Kristina Zalewski (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Lea Foerster (Portage Mich.) have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Softball Team, as selected by CoSIDA. This program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Senior center fielder Lea Foerster (Portage, Mich.) has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I First Team All-Great Lakes Region team, as the Association announced its 364 honorees for All-Region accolades on Thursday.
Michigan State’s 2018 season came to an end with a 11-0 loss (five innings) to Northwestern in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wis. Morgan Newport tossed a five-inning no-hitter, the first of her career and the second all-time in Big Ten Tournament history.
Michigan State advanced to Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 7-0 victory over No. 16 Michigan. Senior pitcher Kristina Zalewski tossed a three-hit shutout for her 15th complete game of the season.
Kelcey Carrasco and Caitie Ladd homered to help MSU to a 4-3 win over Nebraska in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Seniors Lea Foerster (Portage Mich.) and Kristina Zalewski (Ann Arbor, Mich.) have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Softball Team, as selected by CoSIDA. This program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Michigan State enters the Big Ten tournament feeling confident after winning eight of its last nine regular-season games.
Source: Detroit News
Michigan State senior center fielder Lea Foerster (Portage, Mich.) has been named a First Team All-Big Ten selection, as the postseason awards were announced by the Conference office on Wednesday, May 9.