March 8, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Playing its fifth game in as many days, the Michigan State baseball team fell to South Florida, 13-5, Thursday evening at Red McEwen Field. The Bulls (12-4) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and led the entire contest. MSU (3-5) returns to action Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., taking on Quinnipiac in Tampa.
Senior E.J. Daws went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Justin Potes and Dennis Jones each had two RBI. Sean Walker went hitless for the first time this season, snapping his seven-game hitting streak.
Spartan starter Mark Sorensen (1-2) gave up four runs in the first inning on five USF hits. The Bulls added an unearned run in the second to go up 5-0.
MSU got on the board in the fifth as Daws led off with a double down the left-field line. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on an Eric Roof sacrifice fly.
Sorensen ran into more trouble in the fifth, giving up four more hits and a run before Ryan MacFarlane came on with two outs. With runners on first and second, MacFarlane recorded a strikeout to get out of the jam.
The Spartans rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth, cutting the lead to 6-4. Potes drove in Steve Gerstenberger on a one-out fielder's choice and Jones singled through the left side to plate Daws and Potes.
MacFarlane wasn't as fortunate in the bottom of the sixth, as he surrendered four runs, including a three-run homer, giving the Bulls a 10-4 lead.
Potes walked with the bases loaded in the seventh, brining home MSU's final run.
The Bulls tacked on two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth in the 13-5 victory.
Chris Delaney struck out five and allowed four runs on three hits in 5.2 innings to remain perfect on the year, improving his record to 3-0. Shawn Sanford fanned four in 2.2 innings of relief to get the save.