The college baseball season has started, and so far the Spartans find thmselves at 3-3. After a 4-3 loss on opening night to Furman, the Spartans reeled off three straight victories, against Northwestern, Western Carolina, and Cincinnati, outscoring those three teams by a total of 25-11. However, MSU has lost their last two to Furman and Miami Ohio.
All of these games were played in Greenville, South Carolina. Let's take a look at some of the key players for the Spartans thus far. Blaise Salter, the sophomore catcher/first baseman, leads the team with a .308 average. The Spartans have hit only two homers to this point in the campaign; one of them has been hit by senior Jordan Keur, who leads the team in steals and on-base pecentage and is second in slugging. But sophomore outfielder Anhony Cheky, who hit .311 last year, is off to a slow start; he's hitting just .217 through six games.
On the pitching front, senior Andrew Waszak is pacing the staff wih a 1.50 ERA and a 1-0 record through two starts. His strikeout rate is up this season; he's recorded a team-high 11 in 12 innings. Closer Jeff Kinley, a junior out of Saginaw, has a 1.35 ERA with two saves in four appearances and has 11 strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings pitched. However, junior righthander David Garner's form has been poor thus far; he may be 1-0, but he's posted a 7.36 ERA in two starts.
The Spartans begin a stretch of eight games in 11 days today, and this stretch on the road against Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech, and Kentucky should give us a good idea of how good this team is. I'll be back with another update on the team upon the conclusion of this stretch. Until then, you can follow me on Twitter @puncakes_ and check out my work over at Detroit Tigers Prospect Report, a subsidiary of Bless You Boys. Go Green!