Michigan State and Maryland split a doubleheader on Friday, with MSU earning a 2-0 shutout win in game one before Maryland turned up the offense for a 9-1 rebound in game two.
Michigan State plays in-state rival Michigan in a four-game softball series this weekend. The first three games take place in Ann Arbor, with Sunday’s game scheduled for East Lansing. MSU is coming off a series with Rutgers at home, taking three of four games from the Scarlet Knights.
Michigan State swept a doubleheader from visiting Rutgers on Saturday, earning a 4-3 walkoff win in game one and seeing its offense explode for a 10-3 victory in the nightcap.
Michigan State gave up three runs in the opening frame and could only find two of their own on the afternoon to drop its home opener to Rutgers, 3-2 on Friday at Secchia Stadium.
Michigan State hosts Rutgers in a four-game set at Secchia Stadium. MSU’s last game on its home field was a game against Northwestern on April 27 2019, almost exactly 23 months (699 days) between then and the Spartans’ return on March 26 vs. Rutgers.
Michigan State posted a 5-3 victory over [RV] Illinois on Friday, 5-2, holding off a bases-loaded situation for the Illini in the seventh inning.
Michigan State pitcher Ashley Miller has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Miller was an impressive part of MSU’s 2021 debut. She opened her college career by going 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA, one shutout, 16 strikeouts and only four walks in 15.0 innings at the Big Ten’s opening weekend in Leesburg, Fla.
Michigan State earned a split with Iowa (1-6, 1-0) on Sunday to split the final doubleheader of opening weekend in Leesburg, Fla.
Michigan State heads to Leesburg, Fla. with the other 13 Big Ten institutions to begin the 2021 softball season. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the look of the season schedule. The Big Ten will play a conference-only slate, allowing for each team to play each of the other 13 teams in the Conference.
The Big Ten has announced the 2021 softball schedule, which sets up with 44 conference games for each B1G team and begins on Friday, Feb. 26. The schedule will have a different look for 2021 – as it is across the Big Ten, the softball teams will play a conference-only schedule. Each team will play two weekends in Florida where they will play multiple teams, and then each team will play eight, four-game weekend series (four home, four away). In 2021, all teams will play each of the other 13 conference schools at least twice and up to four times.
Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph has announced the addition of four Spartans who will enroll at Michigan State and be a part of the softball program in the fall of 2021: Faith Guidry (Baytown, Texas), Macy Lee (Phoenix, Ariz.), Ashley Martin (Scottsburg, Ind.), and Kayleigh Roper (Venice, Fla.).
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.