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Spartan Baseball Wins Twice at First Pitch Invitational

Andrew Waszak struck out a career-high eight batters in the win over Western Carolina on Friday afternoon.

Feb. 22, 2013

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GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Michigan State baseball team won twice on Friday in the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field, defeating Western Carolina in the opener, 4-1, and topping Cincinnati, 14-6, in the nightcap. The Spartans improved to 3-1 on the season.

Strong pitching propelled the Spartans to the win over the Catamounts in the afternoon contest, as senior starter Andrew Waszak and junior reliever Jeff Kinley struck out a combined 15 batters.

Waszak earned his first win of the season after fanning a career-high eight in six innings of work, allowing just one run on four hits. Kinley threw the final three frames to pick up his second save of the season, striking out a career-high seven against no walks and only one hit.

MSU took advantage of seven Catamount errors with two unearned runs in the third, one in the fifth and one in the seventh.

Western Carolina (3-2) scored one run in the top of the first, but it was the only time it would cross the plate in the game.

Jordan Keur collected two hits for MSU.

In the second game of the day, the bats came alive for the Spartans as they tallied a season-high 16 hits in the 14-6 win over the Bearcats. Jimmy Pickens went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Blaise Salter also collected three hits. Joel Fisher and Kevin Goergen also had multi-hit games for MSU.

Mick VanVossen struck out six in his 4 1/3 innings of work, but freshman Anthony Misiewicz was credited with his first collegiate win after throwing a scoreless 1 2/3 innings of relief.



The Spartans broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning, led by Pickens' two-run double down the right-field line. Cincinnati (0-4) committed three errors in the inning, leading to three more unearned runs for MSU.

The Bearcats bounced VanVossen from the game in the fifth by scoring three times, cutting the Spartan lead to 5-3, but Michigan State responded with nine runs in the next four innings, including one in the fifth, two in the sixth, and three each in the seventh and eighth.

Cincinnati had five errors in the game and six of the Spartan runs were unearned.

Michigan State returns to action Saturday to face Furman Saturday at 2 p.m.

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