A five-run third inning was the Spartans downfall.
In game two, Chase Rihtarchik went seven innings and allowed just one hit.
Redshirt junior Mike Theodore will start for the Spartans on Wednesday.
Anthony Cheky made two great plays in center field, taking away two Bronco hits.
The Spartans are 2-0 in the Clash at Comerica and have won five straight.
AT A GLANCE
2013 (JUNIOR): Finished the season with a 2-1 record and four appearances . . . struck out four in seven innings of work and allowed three runs on six hits in win at Central Michigan (4/17) . . . allowed no runs and only three hits in six innings in a victory against Western Michigan (5/7) . . . finished the season with a 5.59 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.
SUMMER 2012: Pitching for the Anchorage Bucs, represented the Blue Team in the Alaska League All-Star Game . . . was a second-team ABL All-League selection . . . ranked seventh in the league with a 2.79 ERA and compiled 30 strikeouts in 42.0 innings pitched.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Saw time in the rotation as the No. 3 starter and was also a midweek starter . . . posted a 3-1 record with a 3.51 ERA . . . had five quality starts (at least six innings pitched; three earned runs or less) . . . took the hard luck loss in his first career start vs. Miami-Ohio (2/26), allowing just one unearned run and four hits while striking out five in 7 2/3 innings . . . earned his first collegiate victory by allowing two runs and six hits in five innings at Cincinnati (3/18) . . . gave up just one run in seven innings to get the win vs. Oakland (3/25) . . . allowed only one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win at Central Michigan (4/18).
2011 (REDSHIRT): Sat out the 2011 season after transferring from Tennessee.
2010: Attended the University of Tennessee but did not see game action.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Coach Frank Orlando at Detroit Country Day High School . . . was rated the No. 1 pitching prospect in Michigan in 2009 by PGCrosschecker.com . . . led Detroit Country Day to the 2008 district title . . . pitched a 17-strikeout, shutout against Harper Woods that same season . . . sported a 7-2 record in 2009 en route to all-state accolades . . . as a junior, recorded 93 strikeouts in 60 innings . . . was a member of the 2007 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars with the PONY National Team . . . chose Tennessee from a group of schools that included LSU, Clemson and Miami (Fla.).
PERSONAL: Born June 21, 1990, in Los Angeles, Calif. . . . son of Terry and Linda Theodore . . . mother was a cheerleader at UCLA, while father played football for the Bruins from 1982-1985 . . . has three siblings, Christian and twin sisters, Sutton and Grace.
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