Baseball Scores Three in the Ninth to Down EMU
March 17, 2010
YPSILANTI, Mich. - With the score tied at six in the top of the ninth inning, the Michigan State baseball team pushed across three runs and held on for a 9-6 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday afternoon in Ypsilanti. The win upped the Spartans' record to 9-4 while the Eagles fell to 5-10.
"I think we showed a lot of character in battling back today," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "Eastern played well, but it was obvious we hadn't played in a week. We made a lot of mistakes and were very fortunate to win."
Tony Wieber led of the top of the ninth inning for the Spartans and reached on an EMU fielding error. After Eli Boike got Wieber over to second with a sacrifice bunt and Brandon Eckerle walked, the Eagles committed another costly error on a ball hit by Jonathan Roof; Bo Kinder's fielding error allowed Wieber to score give MSU a 7-6 edge. Jeff Holm then followed with an RBI single and Bo Felt drove in the final run with an RBI-ground out.
"Bo Felt had a big, big RBI late and Jonathan's RBIs were also huge," said Boss. "You want your older players to lead your team and that enabled us to win today."
Kurtis Frymier came on in relief for MSU to start the eighth inning but retired three of four Eagle hitters in the ninth to earn his second win of the year.
The Spartans scored the game's initial runs in the top of the first inning, courtesy of a two-RBI single up the middle off the bat of Felt. Felt finished the game 2-for-5.
EMU starting pitcher Collin Taylor kept the Spartan offense in check over the next four innings as he retired the side all but once.
With the score 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, the Spartans got to Taylor and pushed across two runs before the Eagles got three of their own to tie the score in the bottom of the frame.
"We have to give a lot of credit to their Collin (Taylor), he kept us off balance," Boss said. "We were fortunate we were able to get to him in the sixth."
Roof put MSU ahead, 6-4, in the top of the seventh frame with a two-RBI single to right field, but the Eagles again came back, this time in the bottom of the eighth with two more runs to tie the game at six and set up the dramatic ninth inning.
Andrew Waszak started on the hill for the Spartans and went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs off six hits. He also struck out four before giving way to Tony Bucciferro. Bucciferro went 1.2 innings and struck out three.
Neil Butara (0-1) suffered the loss for the Eagles.
The Spartans will return to action on Saturday when they start a three-game set at Notre Dame with a doubleheader beginning at Noon.
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