March 7, 2010
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Tony Bucciferro picked up his first-career complete-game victory and pitched Michigan State to a 9-0 win over Southeast Missouri on Sunday in game one of a doubleheader in Starkville, Miss. In game two, the Spartans fell to Mississippi State, 14-6, giving Michigan State a 2-2 record in the BankFirst Classic. Michigan State is now 6-4 on the season.
"Tony was outstanding today," said MSU head coach Jake Boss. "He threw strikes, got ahead in the count and put guys away. Any time Southeast Missouri did threaten, he was very effective. He kept his pitch count low which allowed him to stay in the game."
In game one, Bucciferro threw his best game of the season as he scattered nine hits over nine innings and struck out seven. He faced just three over the minimum through five before getting in a jam in the sixth. With the bases loaded though, Bucciferro was able to fan Blake Slattery to end the threat.
It was the first complete-game shutout by a Spartan pitcher since Nolan Moody's no-hitter against Northwestern last season.
The Spartan offense gave Bucciferro plenty of run support as they scored solo runs in the first, second and third innings. MSU added three more runs in the third with the help of consecutive run-scoring doubles by Chris Roberts and Torsten Boss to make it 6-0.
MSU tacked on three more runs in the eighth, keyed by a two-run single from Bo Felt.
Boss and center fielder Brandon Eckerle each finished game one 3-for-5 at the plate.
The Spartans carried their momentum into game two with three first-inning runs as Jonathan Roof and Felt each picked up RBIs.
The Bulldogs got one run back in the bottom of the first inning and then went on to score a total of seven over the next two innings and never looked back, scoring six more times over the course of the game for a 14-6 win.
Kyle Corcoran, who started game two for the Green and White, was tagged with the loss.
Spartan third baseman Andrew Carpenter recorded a hit in each game on Sunday and his team-high hitting streak now stands at seven games.
"We swung the bat well in the first game today and started well in the second game, but got ourselves a bit too worked up," said Boss. "We'll learn and grow from this.
The Spartans will take Monday off before returning to action on their spring trip on Tuesday when they take on Samford in Birmingham, Ala., at 7 p.m.