Spartans Deliver Two Walk-Off Wins in Doubleheader Sweep Against Oakland
Chase Rihtarchik throws a no-hitter in game two.
March 23, 2013
YPSILANTI, Mich. - It was a record day for Michigan State baseball on Saturday afternoon at Oestrike Stadium against Oakland. The Spartans won both games in walk-off fashion, 2-1 in game one and 3-2 in game two. Ryan Krill hit a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning of game one and Chase Rihtarchik pitched a no-hitter in game two, allowing just three walks against the Golden Grizzlies. It marked MSU's first no-hitter since Nolan Moody accomplished the feat against Northwestern in 2009.
Michigan State extended its winning streak to six games and is now 12-7 on the season.
The first game was a pitcher's duel from the beginning but Oakland got on the board first with a RBI single through the right side by Jared Theisen.
The Spartans evened the score at one in the bottom of the seventh after a pair of Oakland errors led to a Ryan Richardson run.
OU starter Jake Paulson allowed just two hits and one run in nine innings of work.
Trey Popp got two quick outs in the top of the 10th but got in a jam after a single up the middle by Theisen, followed by a walk. Popp retired the next batter, Nolan Jacoby on a fly out to right field.
Krill led off the bottom half and ended the game with a blast to right field, his first home run of the season. Popp earned the win for MSU after 2 2/3 innings of work in relief. He walked one and allowed just one run.
In game two, the Spartans were paced by a stellar performance on the mound from Rihtarchik. He faced 31 batters and allowed just three walks and hit one in the no-hit effort.
Oakland got a run across in both the third and fourth innings, both on MSU errors. Krill evened the score after scoring on a fielder's choice by Kevin Goergen, setting the stage for another heroic walk-off.
The game went scoreless until the ninth and Oakland pitcher Tim Koons also had a strong outing, allowing three runs on eight hits for Oakland.
Anthony Cheky singled in the bottom of the ninth and stole second, putting himself in scoring position. Goergen answered the bell for the Spartans with a single through the right side, giving MSU the 3-2 win.
The Spartans are back in action for the series finale tomorrow against Oakland at 1:05 at Oestrike Stadium.