Baseball Opens 2010 Season With 8-6 Win Over Furman
Spartans use five-run eighth inning en route to first win of the season.
Feb. 19, 2010
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Michigan State baseball team opened its 2010 season on Friday (Feb. 19) with an 8-6 win over Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. With the game knotted at three in the eighth, the Spartans took the lead for good with five runs.
"Bo (Felt) had a big night and came through in several situations," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "It was also nice to get RBI singles from five different guys. We were very aggressive on the bases today as well."
The Paladins fought back in the bottom of the ninth - scoring three times to make it a two-run game with no outs. Kurtis Frymier came into the game in relief of Tony Wieber with no outs and gave up two quick unearned runs - off a balk and groundout. Frymier then settled down and got a strikeout and groundout to end the game.
The Spartans grabbed the game's first lead in the second inning - courtesy of a pair of Paladin errors. Jeff Holm reached second on an error by Furman second baseman Will Muzika, then stole second and got over to third via another error, this time by catcher Blaine Rosenberg. Felt then scored Holm with a fly out to left centerfield.
MSU doubled its lead with another unearned run in the third and then Felt made it 3-0 MSU in the fourth with a RBI single that scored freshman Torsten Boss.
Spartan starter A.J. Achter kept the Furman bats silent as he racked up six strikeouts through six innings of work, allowing one run off four hits. The Paladins finally got their first run of the day with two outs in the sixth.
"A.J. threw very well after the first inning and really, really threw like a Friday starter," said Boss. "We're extremely pleased with his effort."
The Paladins made it a 3-3 game in the seventh as Muzika sent a delivery from MSU reliever Trey Popp over the left field wall for a two-run shot. Popp was able to get two ground balls to end the inning with no further damage.
Popp struck out two in two innings of work to get the win in his first appearance for the Spartans.
The Spartans will take on No. 14 Clemson tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Fluor Field.