March 17, 2012
CINCINNATI, Ohio - A week after outlasting Seton Hall in 15 innings, the Michigan State baseball team defeated Cincinnati in 14 innings, 5-4, Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium. The Spartans (9-7), who have won five of their last six games, improved to 3-0 in extra-innings games this season.
The Spartans manufactured the game-winning run in the top of the 14th. After an error by Bearcat shortstop Matt Williams began the inning, Torsten Boss reached first with one out on a fielder's choice and took second on a sacrifice bunt from Jordan Keur. Junior catcher John Martinez then delivered the game-winning hit with an RBI single up the middle that plated Boss.
Cincinnati (8-8) threatened in the bottom of the 14th by placing runners on first and second with one out, but Tim Simpson got out of the jam with a flyout and popout to seal the victory. It marked Simpson's first save of the season and fourth of his career.
The Bearcats extended the game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning off Spartan closer Tony Wieber, who previously hadn't allowed an earned run in his seven previous outings. With the score 4-3 in favor of MSU and two outs, Cincinnati catcher Jake Saylor singled to left field to bring home the tying run.
Ryan Martin earned his first career win as a Spartan by pitching a scoreless 13th. Although a single, error and flyout placed Bearcat freshman Taylor Schmidt on third base with two outs, Martin ended the threat by getting Nic Spence to pop out to Martinez behind the plate.
Bryce Jenney helped contribute from the bullpen by pitching three scoreless innings (10th, 11th, 12th) for the Spartans.
Michigan State got another quality start from Andrew Waszak, as he allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out four in seven innings of work. Waszak, who took the no decision, has given up just five earned runs in 33.2 innings this season (1.34 ERA).
The Spartans got off to a quick start as leadoff batter Anthony Cheky hit a home run to start the game for his first collegiate homer. MSU added a run in the fourth to make it 2-0 on a Justin Scanlon RBI single.
Cincinnati put a run on the board in the sixth, but MSU answered with a run in the top of the seventh as Martinez hit an RBI sacrifice bunt to score Ryan Jones from third. Jones led MSU with four hits and also scored twice.
The Bearcats trimmed the lead to 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the seventh; however, Waszak got out of further trouble by recording a double play against his last batter to end the inning.
Matt Ring (1-3) took the loss for Cincinnati after allowing Martinez's RBI single in the 14th.
The Spartans will look for the series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. Gametracker will be available at msuspartans.com, and live video and audio will be available at GoBearcats.com.