EAST LANSING, MICH. - The Providence Friars blew away the field at the Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala., as they wrapped the Classic title with a 14-1 victory over Michigan State on Sunday.
The Friars (5-1) got their offense in gear over the weekend, scoring 38 runs over the three-game, round-robin tournament. The loss drops the Spartans to 2-4 during the 1998 campaign.
The Spartans got on the board first in the top of the third, as center fielder Mike Wagner scored on an Friar error to put MSU up 1-0. But the Providence offense scored seven runs over the next two frames to put them up to stay.
MSU sophomore Gary Zsigo (1-1), coming off a six-inning, scoreless outing on Feb. 21 against Lamar, gave up seven Friar runs over 3.1 innings. A trio of Spartan relievers fared no better, surrendering seven runs (six earned) over the final 4.2 innings pitched.
Providence's Josh Burnham solved the MSU bats, limiting them to just one earned run over seven innings on the mound, despite allowing ten baserunners.
Wagner marked the only Spartan with two hits, as he finished two-for-four with a double. Third baseman Mike Pisani (single, walk) was the only other Spartan to reach base twice against the Providence staff.
The Spartans will look to rebound as they travel to North Carolina for their annual spring trip. MSU will tango with Columbia, Campbell and Ohio University during their stay in the Raleigh area, from March 7-15.
Michigan State 001 000 000 - 1 7 1 Providence 002 502 14x - 14 18 1 Win: Burnham Loss: Zsigo (1-1) HRs: Providence: Costello, Friedholm, Mauritz, Reed Michigan State: None
NOTES: Besides the pitchers, no Spartan fielder has committed an error this season. MSU hurlers, however, have muffed three chances, including Scott Brandell's miscue during Sunday's contest with the Friars