Spartan Baseball Edged by Washington, 4-3, in 10 Innings
Michigan State opens action at the Dairy Queen Classic/B1G-Pac 12 Challenge.
MINNEAPOLIS -- In the opening day of the Dairy Queen Classic/B1G-Pac 12 Challenge, the Michigan State baseball team dropped a 4-3 10-inning battle with Washington at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Friday.
The Spartans fall to 2-6 with the loss, snapping their two-game winning streak. Friday was MSU’s fifth 1-run game in the eight contests this season. The Huskies improve to 6-3 with the victory. In relief, redshirt-senior Jake Lowery fell to 0-2 with the loss, while UW reliever Alex Hardy moved to 1-0 with the win. McCauley pitched 6.0 innings of shutout baseball with five strikeouts, scattering six hits, while walking none.
“We didn’t play well enough today to win,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr., said. “We competed our tails off, but need to pay more attention to detail in order to be successful.”
The Huskies threatened first in the top of the second inning. Nick Kahle started the frame with a doubled to center, moving to third on a single by Levi Jordan. With runners on the corners, McCauley hit Jonathan Schiffer to load the bases. The Spartan hurler then got Baird to hit into double play to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
In the bottom half of the third inning, freshman third baseman Zach Iverson led off the inning with a double to right center. One out later, sophomore outfielder Bryce Kelley singled left field line on an 0-2 count. Washington starter Joe DeMers, who threw a perfect game in his last outing on Feb. 24, was able to get the final two outs of the inning, stranding MSU’s pair of runners.
Michigan State once again got a runner into scoring position in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Justin Antoncic reached on the Spartans’ second double of the game. He then reached third with this third stolen base of the young season. DeMers was able to strikeout junior infielder Marty Bechina to keep MSU off the scoreboard.
The Spartans took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Once again, Iverson started the stanza with a single through the left side, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt. Iverson tied the score, 1-1, after a Kelley single and a UW error. Kelley put MSU on top after scoring on the Hukies’ second error of the inning.
Washington rebounded in the top of the ninth, plating two runs to re-take the lead at 3-2.
In the bottom of the ninth innning, sophomore outfielder Danny Gleaves led off with a walk. A Zach McGuire sac bunt moved Gleaves into scoring position. Redshirt-junior outfielder Dan Chmielewski tied the score at 3-3 with a double that scored Gleaves.
The Huskies had more fight left in them, taking the lead for the final time in the top of the 10th inning. Wainhouse singled up the middle off of Lowery to get UW going. Kaiser Weiss doubled to center field, scoring pinch runner Jack Johnson, as UW took the 4-3 advantage. MSU got two on in the 10th, with Kelley lacing a one-out single to left and then stealing second, and freshman infielder Ryan King followed with a walk, but a strikeout and a flyout ended the threat and the game.
Michigan State returns to action on Saturday, March 3, taking on No. 11 UCLA at 12 p.m. (ET).