Feb. 23, 2003
SHREVEPORT, La. - Centenary used a six-run eighth inning to come back and defeat the Michigan State baseball team, 11-10, Sunday afternoon (Feb. 23) at Shehee Stadium. MSU falls to 2-1 with the loss, while the Gents improved to 5-8. The Spartans took the series, however, after sweeping the Gents 7-3 and 16-3 on Saturday (Feb. 22).
With MSU leading 10-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Centenary erupted for six runs on five hits to take the one-run lead. Alex Valdivia provided the game-winning hit for the Gents with a two-run single to left field that drove in the winning runs with two outs in the inning.
Tom Grant (Fr., Jenison) took the loss for MSU (0-1) in his first collegiate outing. Dan Bria (1-0) got the win for Centenary, tossing four innings of two-hit ball in relief.
The Spartan offense once again got on track in the final game of the series, scoring the 10 runs on 13 hits. For the series, MSU scored 33 times and pounded 38 hits.
Scott Koerber (Jr., Harper Woods) blasted a solo homer over the left-field fence in the first inning to give MSU a quick 1-0 lead. He went 3-for-5 in the game with two RBI and two runs scored.
The Gents tied the game in the second, but the Spartans jumped back into the lead with a six-run third. Koerber, Travis Gulick (So., East Lansing) and Alan Cattrysse (Fr., Chatham, Ontario) all had RBI hits in the inning for MSU.
The Spartans pushed their lead to 9-3 after consecutive doubles by Jim Deliz (So., Clinton Twp.) and Cattrysse brought in two runs in the fifth. Centenary responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to trim the lead to four runs, but MSU stretched the margin back to five on a James Moreno (Jr., Holt) RBI single in the sixth.
Patrick Gill (Sr., Grandville), who started the game for MSU, tossed five innings and surrendered five runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.
Michigan State returns to action Friday, Feb. 28 to face No. 21 North Carolina in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
GAME SUMMARY R H E MSU 106 021 000- 10 13 1 CC 010 220 06x- 11 14 5
WP: Bria-CC (1-0) LP: Grant-MSU (0-1)