EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ The Michigan State baseball team will take on the Lansing Lugnuts in the fifth annual Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto Owners InsuranceÂ 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.
â€œOur guys are real excited to play in the Crosstown Showdown,â€ said MSU head coach Jake Boss. â€œFor me and my coaching career, thatâ€™s one of the thrills that Iâ€™ve had, to be able to coach in this game. Itâ€™s a lot of fun and itâ€™s great for the community. (Lansing General Manager) Pat Day and the Lugnuts do a great job of promoting it; theyâ€™re a first-class organization. Itâ€™s a highlight on our schedule and something that everyone is looking forward to.â€
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 â€“ Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 3 (Attendance: 6,223)
April 24, 2008 â€“ Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 2 (Attendance: 12,862)
April 16, 2009 â€“ Michigan State 12, Lansing Lugnuts 2 (Attendance: 12,992)
April 26, 2010 â€“ Lansing Lugnuts 5, Michigan State 4 (Attendance: 6,778)