March 28, 2007
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Battling 30 mph winds, the Michigan State baseball team held off Bowling Green, 5-3, Wednesday afternoon at Steller Field. With the win, MSU improves to 8-8, while the Falcons fall to 11-12.
The Spartans jumped out to a quick lead, scoring one run in the first. Dennis Jones led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a Steve Gerstenberger single. A wild pitch put runners on second and third, and Jones scored on a Justin Potes RBI groundout to third.
In the second, MSU extended its lead to 4-0. Evan Friedland began the frame with a single up the middle and scored two batters later as E.J. Daws singled to center field. Daws, who advanced to second on his single after a throw to the plate, went to third on an Eli Boike single through the left side. The Spartans scored their second run of the inning as Jones singled to left field after a 16-pitch at-bat, plating Daws from third. Boike made it 4-0, crossing the plate on a Gerstenberger sacrifice fly to center field.
Bowling Green got on the board with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the second.
Spartan starter John Dwan was relieved by Chris Cullen in the third. Dwan, who is scheduled to start Sunday at Indiana, lasted two innings, giving up two runs and four hits with one walk and no strikeouts.
Jones was at it again in the sixth, hitting an RBI double to left field to score pinch-runner Tony Clausen, putting MSU up 5-2.
Cullen (1-2), who fired three scoreless innings of relief, exited the game in the sixth, giving way to Peter Wolff. The Falcons trimmed the lead to 5-3 with a run in the sixth, and placed runners on first and second with no outs on two walks to start the bottom of the seventh. Coach Grewe called on A.J. Dunn to get out of the jam. and Dunn responded, striking out his first two batters and getting pinch-hitter Brandon McFarland to ground out to Gerstenberger at second base to end the Falcon rally.
Mike Monterey held on for the save in the ninth, his third of the season.
Michigan State returns to action for its Big Ten opening series this weekend (March 30-April 1) at Indiana.