Michigan State Baseball And Softball Fields Getting Lights. Thanks in large part to an anonymous contribution of near $1.4 million from a Spartan alum, Michigan State University announced that lights will be installed at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field, the home of MSU baseball and Secchia Stadium, the home of MSU softball, in preparation for the upcoming 2019 season.
“This is an exciting enhancement to McLane Stadium at Kobs Field and Secchia Stadium, and will improve what are already excellent venues for college baseball and softball,” MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman said. “Having lights will not only bolster the student-athlete experience, but will allow our baseball and softball student-athletes to still attend their classes during the day and then play games at night. We are excited about the opportunity to improve the atmospheres at Spartan baseball and softball games.”
The LED lights will be identical to the lighting system currently at Spartan Stadium, home of Spartan football, and DeMartin Stadium, home of Spartan men and women’s soccer, as well the Breslin Center, home of MSU men and women’s basketball, Munn Ice Arena, home of Spartan hockey, and the Duffy Daugherty Indoor Practice Facility, utilized by MSU football and a majority of MSU athletics teams. Michigan State will be the first baseball and softball teams in the Big Ten Conference with this type of lighting system by Musco Lighting.
“This is unbelievably exciting for Michigan State softball. Lights at Secchia Stadium will be a game-changer for our program,” MSU softball head coach Jacquie Joseph said. “Our players deserve the opportunity to play and finish every scheduled game. This affords us the flexibility to schedule when our fans can watch; both on TV and in person. I am beyond grateful to the Board of Trustees for approving the plan, Bill Beekman and Greg Ianni for their work on this project, the Spartan Fund and the lead donor who made this project possible. We’re extremely excited to play under the lights this spring and can’t wait for the outstanding atmosphere it’s going to create for our fans in making games at Secchia Stadium even more exciting.”
Joseph and the Spartan softball team open the 2019 campaign on Feb. 8 in Florida, with their home-opener slated for Thursday, March 14 vs. Western Michigan at 4 p.m. The first night game at Secchia Stadium is scheduled for Friday, March 22 vs. Penn State at 6 p.m.
Oregon who has seen a lot of players leaving this year has announced Terra McGowan, a freshman catcher who signed with Arizona State, is joining the team. McGowan is a former top 25 recruit hitting .540 with seven home runs as a senior in HS and signed with ASU in the fall of 2017. McGowan should be put to work in the starting lineup since team catcher Mary Iakopo has transferred to Texas.
Several current and former college softball players announced as additions to USA teams.
The 2019 Team USA roster of 18 athletes will compete in select tournaments/invitational events before being trimmed down to a final 15-player roster for the Pan American Games.
The Junior Women’s National Team will cut down the 20-player roster to 17 players before the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup.
The complete schedule for both squads will be released at a later date.
Visit TeamUSA for complete lineups.
Ole Miss hit the Softball Complex for the first time in 2019 on Tuesday for the team’s initial spring practice. “It was great to be back, I couldn’t sleep last night,” said Smith. “It was great to be outside for the first time for an opening practice in my five years here. The girls came back better than I thought they would, I was very pleasantly surprised with what we did and where we’re at. We’re much further along now than we ever have been. In 22 years of coaching, this is the best any of my teams has ever come back after a Christmas break.”
This years team features nine newcomers and a talented group of returning players. “The transition has been seamless,” coach Smith said. “Kudos to our veteran players. They’ve done an outstanding job of bringing these kids into the fold, teaching them how Ole Miss plays and helping them buy into the process. They’ve all blended together. They love each other, they care about each other and they want to compete for each other. That’s what it takes to win.”
The Rebels will spend the month of January preparing for the upcoming schedule before jumping into game action February 7-10 at the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament in Orlando, Florida. The Rebels will open the season against tournament host UCF in addition to games against Ohio State, Minnesota and George Mason.
Thanks to, Michigan State and Ole Miss athletic departments for their help.