March 8, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Michigan State baseball lost a close battle to No. 7 Kentucky on Friday afternoon, 2-1 at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Senior Andrew Waszak got a no decision, giving up just one run in 6 1/3 innings of work. A Wildcats' home run in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference after the Spartans tied the game in the top of the inning. MSU falls to 5-6 on the season, while Kentucky improves to 12-1.
Waszak, a right hander, gave up a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning to Andrew Cousino, but then settled down and threw 6 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and just the one run, while also striking out three.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the eighth inning when the Spartans evened the score, 1-1. Joel Fisher led off with a single and Ryan Krill, pinch-hitting for Cam Gibson, came away with a clutch RBI single, scoring Fisher.
UK responded with its second leadoff homerun of the game, this time in the bottom of the eighth inning from Max Kuhn off of Anthony Misiewicz. Misiewicz relieved Waszak and pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up two hits.
Wildcats' hurler A.J. Reed threw seven shutout innings and gave up five hits, while also going 0-4 from the plate. He was hitting .426 before the game and leading UK with 23 RBIs.
The Spartans and Wildcats will play game two of the three-game set tomorrow at 2 p.m. David Garner will get the call for MSU and Jerad Grundy will pitch for Kentucky. Live stream and live audio can be found at UKAthletics.com.