March 9, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Senior right-hander Craig Brookes struck out six and allowed just two runs in 6.2 innings of action Friday afternoon to lead the Michigan State baseball team past Quinnipiac, 8-5, at Red McEwen Field on the campus of South Florida. Brookes only walked one and scattered seven hits while improving to 2-0 for the season. In three outings this year, spanning 17.2 innings, Brookes has collected 17 strikeouts against just three runs. The Spartans registered 12 hits on the day, including three from leadoff hitter Eli Boike and two each from Steve Gerstenberger, Kyle Day and Eric Roof.
MSU gave Brookes plenty of run support, jumping out in front for two runs in the second. Day led off the inning with a walk, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by the Quinnipiac pitcher off of an Eric Roof bunt. After a Brandon Doherty sacrifice bunt, Boike single through the right side to plate Roof.
The Bobcats (0-1) got one back in the third, but the Spartans responded with three more runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 5-1. Evan Friedland hit a one-out single down the left-field line, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by the Quinnipiac shortstop. With Justin Potes on second, Kyle Day stepped up to the plate and blasted his first homer of the young season.
Brookes exited the game with two outs in the seventh, giving way to A.J. Dunn. Dunn gave up two straight hits as the Bobcats scored their third run of the game, but freshman lefty Kyle Corcoran, in his collegiate debut, struck out Pete Kummerfeldt looking to close the inning.
The Spartans added two runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend the lead to 7-3. Potes scored on a Dennis Jones groundout and Eric Roof scored on a Boike infield single. In the eighth, MSU scored its sixth unearned run of the game as Day single home Sean Walker. Day went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in the game.
Quinnipiac plated two runs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Wilson Matos.
The Spartans (4-5) return to action Saturday night at 6 p.m. to face South Florida.