Spartans Shutout Oakland, Win Seventh Straight
Sophomore Mick VanVossen didn't allow a run in seven innings pitched for MSU.
March 24, 2013
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Michigan State baseball shutout Oakland on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Oestrike Stadium, 7-0. The Spartans won their seventh straight game after taking four games against Oakland over the weekend and improved to 13-7. Sophomore Mick VanVossen allowed just four hits in seven innings against the Golden Grizzlies.
The Spartans scored early, adding four runs in the second inning off Chris Van Dyke of Oakland. Jimmy Pickens led off the inning with a single and was drove home on a RBI double to right field by Ryan Krill. Two more runs scored on a pair of OU errors and freshman Cam Gibson also hit an RBI single up the middle.
MSU kept the pressure on an extended its lead after three more runs in the fourth inning. Anthony Cheky and Justin Hovis led off the frame with back-to-back singles, Cheky stole second and scored on the Hovis single to right field. MSU added two more runs on a 2-RBI single up the middle from Ryan Richardson, scoring PJ Nowak and Hovis.
Oakland pulled Van Dyke after the fourth inning.
After giving up a single in the fourth, VanVossen retired 10 straight batters. He had one strikeout and didn't allow a run in seven innings. Mike Mestdagh came on in relief in the eighth and Joe Zwierzynski pitched the ninth for MSU. Neither relievers allowed a hit against Oakland.
Michigan State returns to action in a mid-week contest against Central Michigan on Wednesday at McLane Stadium at 3:05 p.m.