MSU Baseball Falls to No. 11 UCLA, 4-1
Justin Antoncic hits first homer of the season at the Dairy Queen Classic/B1G-Pac 12 Challenge.
MINNEAPOLIS - On the second day of the Dairy Queen Classic/B1G-Pac 12 Challenge, the Michigan State baseball team fell to No. 11 UCLA, 4-3, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans are now 2-7 on the young season, while the Bruins are now 8-2 this season. Redshirt-senior pitcher Ethan Landon went six inning allowing four runs and four hits with six strikeouts for the Spartans. Despite now being 0-2 on the young season, Landon has now had six or more strikeouts in all three outings this season. UCLA’s Jon Olsen went the distance, allowing only five hits and striking out eight. Olsen improves to 2-0 this year.
“Credit their starting pitcher, Olsen. He made every pitch he needed to in big spots and really commanded both sides of the plate,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. “Our guys continue to compete and are starting to square more balls up. We will keep plugging away and fighting to get better.”
UCLA struck first in the bottom of the first inning. After Spartan starter Landon got two quick outs, Michael Toglia homered to center to put the Buins on top early, 1-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, Michigan State struck back. With one out, sophomore centerfielder Justin Antoncic hit his first career home run to tie the score. The Spartans have now hit six homers this year.
UCLA’s Toglia struck again in the bottom of the fourth inning with a double to center. After a walk by Chase Strumpf, Jeremy Ydens used a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. Toglia gave the Bruins the 2-1 lead after an infield single by Jake Hirabayashi.
The Bruins stretched their lead to 4-1 in the bottom half of the sixth inning when Ydens reached on a hit by pitch and stole second. Hirabayashi continued his hot streak with a two-run home run, ending the game with four RBI.
The Spartans conclude the Dairy Queen Classic against Arizona on Sunday, March 4 at 11 a.m. (ET).