ODDS AND ENDS FOR A WEDNESDAY

     Former MSU athletic director Ron Mason dropped by for a vist.  He'll be back on the CMN telethon May 30-31 where he has appeared as honorary host since 1989.  Ron has been retired full time from his job for five months.  He doesn't really miss it yet, but figure he will come the fall.  His CMN fund will grow from proceeds from his retirement dinner June 7th at the Kellogg Center.    He's unsure whether MSU hockey home attendance will return to where it was when he coached.  He hopes the CCHA will have a shootout format to settle tie games in the future and he expects down the road the league will eliminate the final four teams in the standings from post season play.  At first he didn't think the Red Wings would win the Stanley Cup.  Now he believes they will.

     Okemos High School's softball team is indeed pretty good in a sport where one player makes all the difference in the world.  The pitcher in softball can work most all of the innings.  And senior Sarah Patterson merely pitched five shutouts in the Softball Classic which Okemos won Tuesday night for the 7th time in the event's 26 year history.  Okemos is now 30-3 on the season and top ranked in division one.  Patterson is a good hitter too, going six for 16 in the Classic.

     MSU vs. Indiana in Big Ten baseball at Kobs Field-- single game 3pm Thursday, doubleheader at 1pm Friday and single game at 1pm Sunday.  The Spartans are 12-14 in league play and likely need at least a split to make the six team Big Ten tournament.  That will be held next week at Michigan because the Wolverines have already clinched the regular season title.  Michigan has a 38-11 season record and hosts Northwestern for four games this week end.   MSU is 24-25 over all and hoping to finish with a winning record for the first time in David Grewe's three seasons as head coach.

     Lansing's Ranney Park will undergo a $260,000 makeover to its press box and dugouts beginning Monday.  The edifice has stood the same for more than 70 years.  The spire atop the press box will be removed and refurbished and then returned to the top to give the ballpark somewhat of a similar look to all these years.

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