March 11, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Quinnipiac rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Michigan State baseball team, 12-9, Sunday afternoon at Red McEwen Field. Dennis Jones and Steve Gerstenberger each collected three hits for the Spartans, while Evan Friedland drove in three runs on two hits. Overall for the week, MSU (5-6) went 4-4 during its eight-game Spring Break trip.
The Spartans cruised to a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. MSU scored two in the first on RBI singles by Gerstenberger and Friedland, and tacked on another run in the third on a Justin Potes RBI single.
In the fourth, MSU extended its lead to 6-0. Gerstenberger notched a sacrifice fly that plated E.J. Daws, and Friedland drove home two more runs on a single to center field. The lead was pushed to 7-0 as Brandon Doherty singled home Daws in the bottom of the fifth.
Meanwhile, Spartan starter John Dwan pitched four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth. The Bobcats (2-2) started their rally with three runs in the inning on three hits, cutting the margin to 7-3. Quinn Ewert, who relieved Dwan going into the sixth, gave up a solo homer to Pete Kummerfeldt in his only inning of work.
Dwan scattered six hits on three runs and four strikeouts in five innings of action.
The Spartans got one back in the eighth as Gerstenberger doubled to right center, scoring Jones from second to make it 8-4 in favor of MSU.
In the bottom of the eighth, however, the Bobcats erupted for eight runs on four hits to take a 12-8 lead. Quinnipiac began the inning by getting the first three runners on base without a hit - an error, a hit batter and a walk loaded the bases - and a single by the fourth batter brought home two runs. After a strikeout, a double by John Delaney drove home another run to trim the MSU lead to 8-7. Two more doubles in the inning by the Bobcats brought home five runs, giving Quinnipiac a 12-8 advantage.
Michigan State returns to action for a three-game series next weekend at Oklahoma in Norman.