March 16, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Michigan State baseball defeated Santa Clara in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday to complete the weekend sweep, the first of the season for MSU. The Spartans improved to 9-7 on the year, while SCU fell to 8-12. Strong performances on the mound and a combined 35 hits in the two games sealed the sweep for the Spartans.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Michigan State scored four runs in the second inning and hung on to win 7-5.
Blaise Salter hit a two-run homerun to left field, putting MSU ahead early in the second inning. Cam Gibson beat out an infield single and went on to score off an RBI double to right field by Anthony Cheky and senior Jordan Keur followed that with an RBI single to left, continuing his strong play at the plate.
The Broncos threatened, scoring one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, cutting the lead to 4-3.
Keur got his second RBI on a single in the eighth inning and went 2-for-4 in the first game of the doubleheader.
Santa Clara scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a double to center field by Justin Viele off of Kinley.
Freshman Justin Alleman stalled the Broncos comeback effort and got the final out for MSU and recorded his second-career save.
MSU had a season-high 19 hits in the game; Cam Gibson, Ryan Krill and Salter each came through with four-hit games for the Spartans.
In game two, senior Joel Fisher hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the second and the Spartans cruised to a 9-1 win. The Spartans out-hit the Broncos, 16-3 in game two of the doubleheader.
Sophomore Mick VanVossen threw seven innings and allowed just three hits, one run and had a strikeout in the win.
VanVossen gave up his only run in the sixth inning on a ground out by Peter Summerville that scored Stephan Takahashi.
Krill added his second RBI on a single in the seventh and Fisher added his fourth of the game on single to left field, giving MSU a 8-1 lead. Fisher went 3-for-4 at the plate for MSU in the second game.
Pickens added an RBI in the ninth, giving MSU a 9-1 win and the series sweep.
The Spartans host Oakland in the home opener at McLane Stadium on Friday, March 22 at 3:05 p.m. MSU and OU will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and 4:05 p.m., respectively.