College Baseball Daily has learned that Eastern Michigan will hire current Michigan State assistant coach Mark Van Ameyde as head coach. Van Ameyde joined the Spartans program in June 2008 as the pitching coach and was elevated as to Associate Head Coach in 2011. Before joining the Michigan State staff, he spent a season as an assistant at Eastern Michigan. He also has coaching stops at Georgetown and Detroit-Mercy. Continue reading
Saturday’s roundup takes us to the PAC 12/Big 10 Challenge in Surprise, AZ where Michigan State pulled off a comeback win late against #1 Oregon State. Down 7-6 entering the top of the 9th, the Spartans pushed across two runs to take the 8-7 lead and held on for the win. Michigan State has been very impressive thus far in 2014, taking the first two games against the PAC 12 this weekend to improve to 4-1 overall and a chance to go 3-0 in the challenge if they can beat Washington on Sunday. Next weekend they will have another opportunity to pick up some quality wins as they face Mississippi State twice in the Diamond Classic in Starkville. Continue reading
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Rosemont, Ill. – Indiana was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the Big Ten Championship, it was announced on Wednesday. The conference’s coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Hoosiers were followed in the preseason poll by No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan State, with Illinois and Michigan tied for fifth.
The Hoosiers return seven of their nine All-Big Ten honorees from last year’s College World Series squad, including third baseman Dustin DeMuth, catcher Kyle Schwarber and first baseman Sam Travis, who were named Big Ten Players to Watch. The trio each earned Preseason All-America accolades from various outlets, with Schwarber being a unanimous pick from Baseball America, College Baseball Newspaper and the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Continue reading
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 College Baseball season by checking in on the top 100 players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 79 with Michigan State outfielder Cam Gibson. In his first season with the Spartans, Gibson fit right in as part of the talented starting nine. In his 40 games started, Gibson collected 53 hits, 17 RBI and 12 stolen bases and hit to a .325 BA. His average was good for 3rd on the team and was a huge contributor to Michigan State’s 33-17 record. Continue reading
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State baseball coach Jake Boss Jr. announced the Spartans’ 2014 schedule today (Wednesday). The 56-game slate includes five opponents that took part in last season’s NCAA Tournament, including three that advanced to the College World Series. MSU will open the season Feb. 14 in Cary, N.C., and it will play its first of 21 home games on March 21 when it opens Big Ten play with Ohio State.
“I think it’s another very competitive schedule,” said Boss. “I think our schedule in the past couple years has both helped our ball club improve and get better as the season goes on, as well as given us a chance to play in the postseason and the NCAA tournament. I think there’s a good balance of games in there that are high-RPI games that will help us put us in the position to play in the postseason.” Continue reading
Highlights include 18 home games at McLane Baseball Stadium, a three-game series at SEC power Kentucky, the seventh annual Crosstown Showdown against the Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday, April 11 at Cooley Law School Stadium, and the third annual “Clash at Comerica” vs. Central Michigan on April 17 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. MSU will play three teams that earned NCAA bids last season (Austin Peay, Kentucky and Purdue). Continue reading
The annual Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game took place this past Saturday night in Harwich, Massachusetts as the Eastern Division hosted the Western Division. Here are five pitchers that are worth following that took part in the 2012 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. We have included video from the game where possible. Continue reading
Roof replaces Jake Boss Sr., who retired following the 2012 season after 45 consecutive years of coaching baseball, including the past four as a volunteer assistant at MSU. Roof will primarily work with the catchers and hitters in addition to performing various administrative duties. Continue reading