Fifth annual game is set for Today, April 5 at 7:05 p.m. at Cooley Law School Stadium.  Photo courtesy of downtownlansing.org

Fifth annual game is set for Today, April 5 at 7:05 p.m. at Cooley Law School Stadium. Photo courtesy of downtownlansing.org

 

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State baseball team will take on the Lansing Lugnuts in the fifth annual Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto Owners Insurance today at 7:05 p.m. at Cooley Law School Stadium in Downtown Lansing. All tickets are priced at $10 and can be purchased at www.msuspartans.com and www.lansinglugnuts.com, as well as at the stadium gate.

Food specials at the game include $1 hot dogs, $1 popcorn, $1 sodas and $1 ice cream sandwiches.

“Our guys are real excited to play in the Crosstown Showdown,” said MSU head coach Jake Boss. “For me and my coaching career, that’s one of the thrills that I’ve had, to be able to coach in this game. It’s a lot of fun and it’s great for the community. (Lansing General Manager) Pat Day and the Lugnuts do a great job of promoting it; they’re a first-class organization. It’s a highlight on our schedule and something that everyone is looking forward to.”

The exhibition game will be nine innings and the Spartans will use wooden bats.

The Crosstown Showdown has drawn record crowds, including a stadium-record 12,992 fans for the 2009 game in which the Spartans won, 12-2. The annual event began in 2007.

The Lansing Lugnuts are a Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays and play in the Midwest League.

Crosstown Showdown History

April 3, 2007 – Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 3 (Attendance: 6,223)

April 24, 2008 – Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 2 (Attendance: 12,862)

April 16, 2009 – Michigan State 12, Lansing Lugnuts 2 (Attendance: 12,992)

April 26, 2010 – Lansing Lugnuts 5, Michigan State 4 (Attendance: 6,778)