Jimmy Pickens hit a triple in the ninth to propel MSU to the victory.
A five-run third inning was the Spartans downfall.
Michigan State is currently in seventh in the Big Ten.
In game two, Chase Rihtarchik went seven innings and allowed just one hit.
Senior Trey Popp threw 3 1/3 innings and earned his first save of the season.
SUMMER 2012: Played for the Battle Creek Bombers in the Northwoods League . . . recorded 10 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings . . . had a 0-1 record with a 4.18 ERA.
2012 (JUNIOR): Ranked third on the team with 22 appearances, all in relief . . . collected a 3-1 record with a 5.40 ERA . . . struck out 27 batters in 31 2/3 innings . . . threw a scoreless inning to record a hold against Furman (2/24) . . . also recorded a hold in the win at Cincinnati (3/16) . . . tossed three shutout innings to defeat Bowling Green (3/27) . . . threw two scoreless frames to earn the win over Eastern Michigan (4/4) . . . also recorded a win in relief at Western Michigan (5/8).
2011 (REDSHIRT): Appeared in seven games, all in relief, and posted a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched before suffering a season-ending arm injury . . . received a medical redshirt . . . opponents hit just .217 against him (lefties: .059, 1-for-17) . . . pitched two scoreless innings and picked up the save against Notre Dame on Opening Day in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge (2/18).
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Second on the team with 21 appearances out of the bullpen . . . struck out 28 batters and walked just 13 in 33.1 innings of action . . . compiled a 4-3 record . . . fanned two in 2.0 innings to earn his first collegiate victory against Furman (2/19) . . . struck out three in picking up his second victory vs. Seton Hall (2/26) . . . recorded a season-high five strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work in getting the win at Michigan (5/12) . . . notched his fourth win of the season in the team's 10-4 victory over Indiana (5/15).
2009: Went 7-3 with a 4.10 ERA at Grand Rapids Community College.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters for Coach Paul Schneider at Portage Central High School.
POPP'S CAREER STATS
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