Campbell Knocks Off Spartan Baseball, 13-2
Spartans fall to 5-5 on the season.
March 10, 1998
BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Campbell stopped a Michigan State three-game winning streak by defeating the Spartans, 13-2, in the third affair of a four-game set on Tuesday afternoon.
The Camels (10-10), who were defeated by MSU (5-5) by a combined 16-5 in the first two games of the series, broke through with 18 hits, including 15 singles. They delivered eleven of those base hits off Spartan starter Kimya Massey (0-1), who took the loss in his first start of the 1998 campaign. Campbell hurler Eric Snover (1-1) picked up the victory, giving up one run over six innings on the hill.
Middle infielders Tom Grigg and Ted Demetral proved to be the offensive bright spots for the Spartans, with Grigg going three-for-four with a run scored. Demetral reached base three times, including a double, single and a base on balls. Joe Albaugh, coming off a four-for-four performance (including three doubles) last night, reached base in all three plate appearances, getting on with two walks and a hit by pitch.
Massey was the tough-luck victim of Campbell's bevy of singles, with most coming on ground balls just beyond the reach of Spartan infielders, including numerous Camel hit-and-run plays. After posting three runs on five singles in the second, Campbell opened the game up with eight more tallies in the fourth, driving Massey from the hill.
The Spartans put single runs on the board in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Mike Pisani reached on a walk, Joe Albaugh was hit by a Snover pitch, and Carlos Fernandez made it aboard with a single to left to load the bases. Gary Zsigo drove home Pisani with a sacrifice fly to right, putting MSU on the board.
Grigg opened the seventh with a base hit, moving to second on a fielder's choice by pinch-hitter Scott Colvin. He scored when Campbell first baseman Mike Corbitt could not come up with third sacker Jeff Huff's errant throw on Joe Kalczynski's ground ball, allowing Grigg to come around to score.
MSU and Campbell wrap up their four-game series with a game at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Freshman righty John Steiger will make his collegiate debut, as he starts on the hill for the Spartans. He will oppose Camel right-hander Corey Byrd (1-0, 4.08 ERA).
_____________________________________________ Michigan State 000 001 100 - 2 8 1 Campbell 030 802 00x - 13 18 1 MSU: Massey, Axelson (4), Strunk (6), Nozewski (8) and Fernandez, Kalczynski (7) Camp: Snover, Gelhaus (7), Hall (9) and Davis HR: none
NOTES: Centerfielder Mike Wagner went 0-5, marking the first time this season he has not recorded a base hit, ending a nine-game hit streak. It also snaps a streak of 21 consecutive games in which the MSU leadoff man has reached base at least once...Massey struck out one in the first but did not fan anyone in the second, ending a streak of 28 consecutive innings in which a Spartan pitcher recorded a strikeout...Freshman right-hander David Strunk made his collegiate debut on the hill, giving up two runs on two hits in two innings, as he came in to start the sixth frame...Third baseman Eric Doyle made his first collegiate start, however he went 0-4 against the Camel staff...Freshman infielder Steve Crepeau saw his first plate appearance as a Spartan, drawing a walk...Junior right fielder Tom Hartley saw his 54-consecutive game streak come to an end after injuring his left (non-throwing) hand during Monday's victory over the Camels. His status is listed as day-to-day. Mike Pisani now has the longest current consecutive game streak at 27, with Mark Mulder (25) and Tom Grigg (24) within a few games of that mark...Joe Albaugh is hitting .538 (7-13) in his last five games, including five RBI, three doubles, two walks, a steal. In his last nine plate appearances, Albaugh has three doubles, a single, two walks, a hit by pitch, a sac fly and a very important sacrifice bunt on Saturday. He also has MSU's longest current hitting streak at four games...MSU has seen only one left-handed pitcher all season, Steve Rasmussen of Iowa...MSU is averaging 9.7 Ks/nine innings.