March 3, 2003
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Michigan State baseball team fell to St. John's and Coastal Carolina in the final day of the Baseball at the Beach Tournament on Monday (March 3) afternoon at Coastal Federal Field. The Red Storm edged the Spartans 4-3 in the opener, while Coastal topped MSU 7-1 in game two. MSU is now 3-3 for the season and will continue its spring trip with five games in Jacksonville, Fla.
In the first game, the Spartans scored first as Travis Gulick (So., East Lansing) drove in Brady Burrill (Sr., Valenica) on a groundout in the bottom of the fourth. St. John's stormed back with three runs in the top of the sixth off MSU starter Tim Day (So., West Chester, Ohio). SJU added one more run in the seventh to go up 4-1. Day (1-1) threw seven innings in the loss, surrendering 11 hits on four earned runs.
MSU threatened in the eighth, scoring two runs on two hits, but came up short in the comeback attempt. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Spartans could only manage two sacrifice fly's by Scott Koerber (Jr., Harper Woods) and Burrill.
In the ninth, Brett Wattles (Sr., Rochester) led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by James Moreno (Jr., Holt). Wattles then went to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded as two Spartan strikeouts ended the game.
Michigan State opened the second game with a quick unearned run in the first. It was all the Spartan offensive could muster against Coastal left-hander Justin Sturge (2-0), however, as he scattered five hits in 5.1 innings of work in the win.
The Chanticleers scored two runs in the third and fifth innings off starter Patrick Gill (Sr., Grandville), who lasted five innings and struck out six in the loss (0-1).
Coastal added one run in the seventh and two in the eighth to secure the victory.
Moreno and Jim Deliz (So., Clinton Twp.) each collected two hits in game two.
MSU returns to action to face Central Michigan tomorrow (Tuesday, March 4) in Jacksonville at 1 p.m.