Spartan Baseball Dominates Brown At Kennel Club Classic, 19-8
Clausen and Morris combine for six hits and seven RBI against Bears.
March 6, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman designated hitter Tony Clausen (Jenison, Mich.) and senior first baseman Erik Morris (Orchard Lake, Mich.) combined for six hits and seven RBI to lead Michigan State past Brown, 19-8, at the Kennel Club Classic Sunday at the University of North Florida's Harmon Stadium. Clausen went 3-for-6 with four RBI, while Morris batted 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Michigan State (4-2) rocked Brown starting pitcher Brian Hagerty for five runs on six hits in the first inning. Sophomore shortstop Troy Krider (Coldwater, Mich.) opened the frame by being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single by Morris. After junior right fielder Alan Cattrysse (Chatham, Ontario) walked to load the bases with two outs, sophomore catcher Sean Walker (Round Lake, Ill.) lined a two-run single up the middle to score Krider and Morris. Junior second baseman Oliver Wolcott (Plymouth, Mich.) singled home two more runs, scoring Cattrysee and Walker. Clausen then drove home Walcott with an RBI single to left field.
The Spartans added two runs in the second inning to increase their lead at 7-0. Sophomore Adam Tripp (Saugus, Calif.) started the frame with a single to left field and stole second base. Morris hit a single through the infield on the next play, scoring Tripp. Cattrysse tagged a single through the left side to score sophomore left fielder Ryan Basham (Lowell, Ind.), who reached on a fielder's choice.
MSU hiked its lead at 10-0 in the third inning with three more runs. Freshman third baseman Steve Gerstenberger (Fort Gratiot, Mich.) walked to open the inning and advanced to third on a single by Tripp. Both runners later scored on a Brown error in the outfield. Morris singled home Krider, who was on base from the error, from second base.
Brown (0-4) tallied three runs in the fourth inning, cutting MSU's advantage down to 10-3. Senior Bobby Wiginton started the Bears' rally with a single to center field and scored on a single by senior Matt Kutler to left field. Junior Paul Christian hit a double to center field that scored Kutler from second. Two batters later, Jeff Nichols doubled home Christian.
The Bears began the fifth inning with back-to-back singles by junior Eric Larson and senior Chris Contrino. Sophomore Devin Thomas singled through the right side, scoring Larson from second base. Wiginton collected his second hit of the game, scoring Contrino from third with an RBI single through the infield, as Brown pulled to within 10-5.
State scored another run in the sixth to increase its lead at 11-5. Basham opened the inning with a single to right field, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Clausen.
In the top of the seventh, Brown cut its deficit to four at 11-7 on a two-run double by junior Danny Hughes, off MSU reliever Ryan Sontag (Monroe, Mich.).
The Spartans put the game out of reach with a six-run seventh inning to stretch the lead to 17-7. Tripp and Krider opened the inning with a double and a single, respectively. Morris hit an RBI single on the following play and Basham blasted a two-run double to right center. Wolcott reached base on a Brown fielding error that also scored Basham, while Walker scored from third on Clausen's ground out. On the next play, Gerstenberger singled home Wolcott.
State added two more insurance runs in the eighth after junior outfielder Jamey Embree, who opened the inning with a double, scored on a wild pitch by Brown reliever Clint Dykehouse. With a runner on second and two outs, Clausen delivered an RBI single to close out the scoring.
Tripp went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and Walker batted 2-for-3 with two RBI for Michigan State.
Red-shirt sophomore John Dwan (1-0) picked up his first win of the season for the Spartans, recording two strikeouts in one inning of relief.
Wiginton (2-for-4, three runs scored, RBI) and Kutler (2-for-5, two runs scored, RBI) led Brown's offensive attack.
Hagerty (0-1) took the loss for the Bears, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 12 hits in five and two-third innings.
After a day off, Michigan State takes on Campbell at the Kennel Club Classic on Tuesday, March 8 at noon.