March 22, 2013
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Senior Andrew Waszak had a career-high 10 strikeouts and went the distance on Friday afternoon, allowing just four hits and two runs in a 5-2 win over Oakland. The Spartans move to 10-7 on the season while the Golden Grizzles fall to 3-12. The series was moved to Eastern Michigan because of snow on Kobs Field at McLane Stadium.
"I thought Andrew was very good again today," head coach Jake Boss said. "He gave up a few freebies in the first inning that led to a run but Oakland plays hard and you have to play them well, they capitalized on their opportunities. It was another good outing for our Friday starter, that's what we've come to expect out to him.
"We can't thank the people at Eastern Michigan enough for allowing us to play here. It's a good facility and the turf infield allowed us to play today, tomorrow and Sunday. We certainly appreciate it."
Oakland got on the board in the first; scoring an unearned run in the top of the first inning but the Spartans added two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Golden Grizzles tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to left field by Robby Enslen, scoring Mike Carson.
MSU took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning. Salter doubled to center field and scored on an RBI single up the middle from Ryan Krill. Cam Gibson tripled in the seventh inning and scored on an RBI single from Ryan Richardson. He later went on to score off an OU error.
The Spartans had 10 hits in the game and four different players recorded an RBI.
Michigan State and Oakland will play a doubleheader tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. at Oestrike Stadium.