March 5, 2014
MONROE, La. - Louisiana-Monroe starting pitcher Chris Hunt held the MSU baseball team to three hits in eight complete innings to help lead the Warhawks past the Spartans, 5-1, on Wednesday night in Monroe, La. The Spartans are now 5-6 on the season, while ULM improved to 7-6.
With the Spartans leading, 1-0, in the bottom of the third, the Warhawks manufactured a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. ULM got its first run on an RBI groundout by Keelin Rasch and then took the lead on an infield single by Justin Stawychny.
RBI doubles by Ross Moore in the fifth inning and then Kodie Tidwell in the sixth inning bumped the ULM lead to 4-1. A wild pitch gave ULM its final run in the eighth inning.
The Spartans' lone run came in the top of the second frame, courtesy of Ryan Krill. Krill hit a one-out double to right field and came around to score on a wild pitch and throwing error during the following at-bat.
Krill was the only Spartan with multiple hits, finishing the game with a pair of doubles.
MSU starting pitcher Mike Theodore was pulled in the third inning after giving up two runs on five hits. Theodore took the loss and is now 0-1 on the year.
The Spartans will return to action this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas when they take on No. 21 TCU in a three-game set. The series is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday.
"We have to get better and develop some consistency and we have a great opportunity to do that against a great ball club in TCU this weekend," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "We're going to keep working hard and stay with the process. Our guys understand that we have a lot of work ahead of us."