EAST LANSING, Mich. - Fresh off a three-game sweep over Michigan, the Michigan State baseball team hosts Central Michigan Wednesday, March 30 at 3:05 p.m. for the 2011 home opener in McLane Baseball Stadium.
The Spartans (15-5) were originally scheduled to open at home last Saturday against the Wolverines, but the game was cancelled due to unsafe field conditions.
Michigan State practiced on the field for three hours on Tuesday, however, and the weather looks promising for Wednesday (clear skies, 44 degrees).
The Chippewas (9-16) were swept by Miami on the road last weekend in their first Mid-American Conference series. They fell at Notre Dame, 3-2, on Tuesday night.
Sophomore right-hander Andrew Waszak (1-1) will get the start on the mound for the Spartans.
Michigan State is receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coachesâ€™ Poll after its hot start and leads the Big Ten in batting (.331) and ERA (2.78). MSU boasts the top three hitters in the conference, as Brandon Eckerle (.448), Jeff Holm (.427) and Torsten Boss (.400) rank 1-2-3 in the Big Ten in batting average.
The Spartans open the Big Ten season at Iowa (April 1-3) this weekend. The games against Michigan last weekend were non-conference contests as the two teams were left off the Big Ten scheduling rotation in 2010 and 2011.