Spartans baseball opens 2012 campaign Friday
The reigning Big Ten champions will start off their season in the fourth annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge this weekend in Florida.
The Spartans play No. 11 St. Johns on Friday, with senior all-conference pitcher Tony Bucciferro on the mound.
St. Johns, the preseason Big East favorite, will counter will preseason third-team All-American Kyle Hansen. The Red Storm is coming off its fourth NCAA Regionals appearance in the past five seasons.
Earlier this week, the Spartans were named the preseason favorite in the Big Ten.
Michigan State will play South Florida on Saturday, with junior Andrew Waszak taking the ball. Sophomore David Garner will start against No. 15 Louisville on Sunday.
For updates on all three games, follow the MSU baseball twitter account (@statebaseball).
MSU went 3-0 in the challenge last year, with wins against Notre Dame, Seton Hall and Cincinnati. In three appearances, the Spartans have a record of 6-3.
Boss makes position switch
Preseason third-team All-American Torsten Boss will be moving from third base to centerfield this season.
“He’s (Boss) moving from third base to centerfield, which I think let’s him be a little more athletic out there,” head coach Jake Boss Jr. said in a press conference Monday.
The change will allow for freshman Kevin Goergen to come in and start at third.
Youth movement in full swing
The Spartans will start three freshman according to Boss Jr.
Ryan Krill will start at first base, Jimmy Pickens will start in right field and Goergen will be at third.
Krill and Pickens were all-state selections as seniors in Michigan, while Goergen was named all-state in Illinois.