As I write this Michigan State's baseball team is on a seven game winning streak and has a 14-7 record. Big Ten play opens at McLane Stadium Friday with the first of three against Ohio State. First pitch 3:05pm. The Spartans' streak came against Cincinnati, Oakland and Bowling Green, none of them very good, but wins are needed for MSU to make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1979.
The Spartans have some depth and hitting, especially at the top of their lineup and the Big Ten does not appear to be a very good league, once again. Purdue is 16-3 and the Boilermakers and Spartans meet late next month in West Lafayette for three games which may decide the regular season title. MSU's goal has to be to make the NCAA tournament which has been so difficult. And winning mid-week games is crucial. MSU only plays 56 regular season games and coach Jake Boss says you need about 40 wins to be considered for an at large bid.
The other Big Ten teams don't look as talented as the Spartans, who after all won the title a year ago. If the weather is good this spring, MSU could draw some good crowds to McLane Stadium different from sparse gatherings of many years past.