March 17, 2014
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Michigan State baseball team dropped the finale if its three-game set with Harvard, 7-3, on a rainy Monday afternoon in Greenville, S.C. Harvard used a four-run sixth inning to break 3-3 tie and pick up the win. The game was called following the eighth inning due to travel constraints following a late start due to rain. MSU, which took the first two games of the series on Saturday, is now 9-8 on the year.
After getting shutout in the first two meetings of the series, the Harvard (2-9) offense took advantage of two walks and two hit batters in the second inning to score three runs. All nine hitters for Harvard came to bat in the inning and despite leaving the bases loaded, gained an early three-run advantage.
MSU had runners on second and third with nobody out in the third after a Justin Hovis leadoff double and Cam Gibson walk. A wild pitch moved the two into scoring position, but Harvard's Sam Dodge retired the next three Spartan hitters to escape the jam and preserve the 3-0 lead.
The Spartans got on the board though in the fifth inning, putting up three runs on four hits to even things up. Cam Gibson got the scoring started, doubling to left center, scoring P.J. Nowak, who singled to start the inning.
Blaise Salter then belted a ball that got through the third baseman's legs and into the outfield, bringing Gibson around to score. A wild pitch advanced Salter into to second base, which allowed a single from Ryan Krill to tie up the game at 3-3.
Harvard responded in the next half inning and regained the lead for good after batting through their lineup for the second time in the game. The Crimson put up four runs in the top of the sixth, three of which came on a bases-loaded triple with by Kyle Larrow.
Anthony Misiewicz (0-3) came in early relief for starter Walter Borkovich and took the loss for the Spartans.
Michigan State is scheduled to start Big Ten play next weekend against Ohio State. Th series was slated to be plated in East Lansing, but has been moved to Columbus to do weather concerns. The series will begin Friday at 6:05 p.m. at OSU's Bill Davis Stadium.