Playing two sports at the collegiate level is no simple task. But Michigan State freshman Adam Berghorst has accepted the challenge, and is already making a difference in East Lansing.
Berghorst, who is a freshman defensive end/tight end with the Spartans football team, made his college baseball debut for Michigan State on Saturday. He helped the team clinch a victory over Morehead State while playing in Charleston, South Carolina over the weekend.
Berghorst picked up the save after allowing one unearned run, one hit and recording two strikeouts in four innings of work. Michigan State defeated Morehead State 5-3.
When he was recruited at Michigan State, Berghorst had planned on playing both sports while in East Lansing. Last spring, Berghorst had a decision to make, as he was selected in the 14th round of the MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers. But he decided to delay his professional career to be a two-sport athlete at MSU.
On the football field, Berghorst started the 2019 season as a defensive end but moved to tight end during the season. He appeared in the final four games of the season, playing 46 total snaps for the year. Per his bio on MSUSpartans.com, Berghorst played 28 snaps in the Pinstripe Bowl against Michigan State.
Playing in just four games in his freshman season, Berghorst was able to retain his redshirt status.