Spartans Blanked in Series Finale at Ohio State
Spartans fall, 1-0.
March 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State baseball came out on the short end of a 1-0 game with Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. With the win OSU (15-7, 2-1), took two of three games from the Spartans (10-10, 1-2) on the weekend, in what was the opening conference series for both teams.
The Spartans outhit Ohio State, 9-8, had runners on base in all but two innings and didn't issue a walk, but were never able to push across a run.
"It was a disappointing day. We made too many mistakes to win a one-run game," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "We weren't able to move runners when we had the opportunity and we didn't do the little things. Little things are going to be the difference in games like these and we didn't do them well enough today to win."
Ohio State manufactured the only run of the game in the top of the fifth. Connor Sabanosh led off the inning with a single, worked his way over to third via a sacrifice bunt and a base hit, and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tim Wetzel.
Buckeye starting pitcher Tanner Tully gave up seven hits over seven-complete innings, struck out four and walked one. Travis Lakins finished the game, striking out four Spartans over the final two innings to earn the save.
After having base runners in each of the first three innings, in the fourth, a pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt moved Blaise Salter over to third base with one out. But Tully was able to induce a strikeout and fly out to end the inning and keep MSU off the scoreboard.
A two-out double by Joel Fisher gave MSU another man in scoring position in the sixth. But with two outs, Tully struck out the next better, Ryan Krill, to again extinguish the Spartans' scoring threat.
The Spartans last chance came in the ninth inning. Jimmy Pickens led off with a double and two batters later, Krill singled to give the Spartans runners at the corners and one out. But Lakins then struck out Ryan Richardson and Dan Durkin to end the game.
Reliever Jake Lowery got the final out of the fifth for the Spartans and combined with Anthony Misiewicz and Jeff Kinley to hold the Buckeyes to five hits the rest of the way. Cam Vieux started and was tagged with the loss and is now 2-2 on the year.
Seven Spartans had hits on Sunday, led by Fisher who went 3-for-4.
With this week's originally scheduled home game vs. Central Michigan moved to April 8, the Spartans will return to action on Friday when they begin a three game series vs. Minnesota in Minneapolis.