Spartan Baseball Falls To South Alabama In Season Opener, 5-1

Feb. 23, 2007

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MOBILE, Ala. - The Michigan State baseball team fell to South Alabama, 5-1, in its season opener Friday night at Stanky Field in the Coca-Cola Classic. Tied at 1 in the seventh, the Jaguars (4-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to key the victory, led by a pinch-hit, two-run single by Bunky Kateon.

Down 1-0, MSU scored its run in the top of the fifth on a Justin Potes sacrifice fly that scored Steve Gerstenberger.

Craig Brookes started for the Spartans, earning a no decision after only allowing one run on two hits in six innings of work. Mark Sorensen (0-1) relieved Brookes in the seventh and gave up four runs, three earned, in 1.2 innings of action.

Gerstenberger and Kyle Day each collected two hits for the Spartans.

South Alabama starter Dan Goldberg (2-0) struck out seven and only walked two while pitching seven innings to earn the victory.

Michigan State returns to action tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 24) to face No. 29 Auburn at 5:30 p.m.