March 28, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - With another strong offensive showing, the Michigan State baseball team completed a four-game sweep of Oakland with a 10-3 win on Sunday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. It was the second series sweep in a row for the Spartans who have now won 10 in a row; their longest winning streak since the 2004 club ran off 12 consecutive.
"It feels good, sweeps are hard to come by and I'm proud of our guys for the way they played this weekend," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "We stayed with our approach today and swung the bats better than we did yesterday. Andrew (Waszak) threw well and Tim (Simpson) came in and did a nice job in relief."
MSU improved its streak of scoring in the first inning to five games when an Oakland error with two outs kept the inning alive. Ryan Jones reached on the error, allowing Eli Boike and Jonathan Roof to come home for a 2-0 Spartan lead.
Oakland took its first lead of the series with three runs in the top of the third inning, keyed by a two-RBI triple from Tim Ryan.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Jones was again at the plate with two runners on and the chance to deliver for MSU. This time, Jones crushed a two-RBI double that brought in Boike and Brandon Eckerle. Chris Roberts later scored Jones with a sacrifice fly for a two-run lead, 5-3.
The Spartans showed why they entered the weekend as the nation's No. 2 fielding team as three stellar defensive plays in the top of the fifth inning helped maintain their lead. Catcher Andy Johnson threw out consecutive runners and Roof followed with a spectacular diving catch on a ball he tracked from his position at shortstop all the way down the left field line into the outfield.
The Spartans put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four more times for their 10th multi-run inning of the series. Torsten Boss, Eckerle, Holm and Chris Roberts all had RBIs in the inning to make the score 9-3.
Boike, who was one the Spartans' main power sources all series long, crushed his third triple of the series in the seventh inning, scoring another run for MSU to make the lead 10-3.
The Spartans will return to action against Central Michigan on Wednesday (March 31) at 3:05 p.m. at Cooley Stadium (formerly Oldsmobile Park) in Lansing.