Spartan Baseball Opens Season With A Pair Of Wins
Feb. 22, 2003
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Michigan State baseball team opened its 2003 season in style with a pair of victories over Centenary Saturday night (Feb. 22) at Shehee Stadium. The Spartans took game one, 7-3, and topped the Gents 16-3 in the second game.
The offensive fireworks from last season carried over into the first games of this season as the Spartans pounded 25 hits and scored 23 runs in the doubleheader. David Miller (Jr., Whitehall) went 7-for-10 in the two games, while Travis Gulick (So., East Lansing) had five hits and seven RBI for MSU.
In the opening game, Bryan Gale (Jr., Decatur) tossed seven innings of two-hit ball without allowing an earned run to lead the Spartans past Centenary (4-8), 7-3. Gale retired the last 10 batters he faced and the only run he surrendered was unearned in the second inning. With the win, Gale improved his career record to 18-5 and moved up to fourth on the MSU all-time wins chart.
MSU got off to a quick start with three runs in second, keyed by a Travis Gulick (So., East Lansing) double that plated two. The Spartans added two in the fifth and extended the lead to 7-1 with two more runs in the eighth. David Miller (Jr., Whitehall), who went 3-for-4 in the game, delivered an RBI single in the fifth and scored in the eighth.
Preseason All-American Tim Day (So., West Chester, Ohio) opened his 2003 campaign with a solid seven-inning effort in MSU's 16-3 victory in game two. Day, who didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, gave up five hits on three runs with three strikeouts and no walks.
MSU pounded 14 hits in the back-end of the doubleheader, led by Travis Gulick's career-high four hits and five RBI.
The Spartans erupted for five runs in the third, giving Day a comfortable cushion to work with the rest of the game. Gulick began a string of three-straight RBI singles for MSU with a shot to left field, followed by run-scoring hits by James Moreno (Jr., Holt) and Erik Morris (So., Orchard Lake).
In the seventh, MSU put the game away with eight runs on five hits, including two hits and four RBI from Gulick. Jim Deliz (So., Clinton Twp.) also added a two-run double and Miller hit an RBI single in the inning.
Alan Cattrysse (Fr., Chatham, Ontario) scored a run in the eighth and Morris scored in the ninth to complete the Spartan offensive attack for the night.
Michigan State returns tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 23) to face Centenary for a single game beginning at 11 a.m.
* In his first career game, shortstop Alan Cattrysse went 2-for-5 with six assists. Cattrysse was named the preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year by Baseball America.
* Travis Gulick drove in a career-high five runs in game two.
* David Miller produced a career-high four hits in game two. He went 7-for-10 in the doubleheader.
* Freshman pitcher Jeff Gerbe made his collegiate debut in game two.
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