Spartans Comeback to Beat Ohio State, 8-7
A four run eighth inning propelled Michigan State to its first conference win of the season.
March 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michigan State baseball used a four-run eighth inning to come from behind and top Ohio State, 8-7 on Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium. The Spartans (14-7, 1-0) extended their win streak to eight while earning their first win of the Big Ten season over Ohio State (15-7, 3-1).
Trailing 6-4 in the eighth inning, the Spartans burst out with a four-run inning to take an 8-6 lead. After a leadoff double and a single by Ryan Krill, the Spartans grounded into a double play. But, MSU's next two batter reached on a hit by pitch and a walk, setting up freshman Cam Gibson.
Gibson responded with a 2-RBI double down the right field line and Justin Hovis later came around to score on a wild pitch. And another wild pitch plated Gibson, as the Spartans scored four runs in the 2-out rally.
Michigan State fell behind early in the second inning, trailing 2-0. Joe Ciamacco had an RBI single to left field and Tim Wetzel had an infield single, scoring Brad Hallberg.
MSU tacked one on the board in the third after a leadoff homerun to right center from sophomore Jimmy Pickens. But, Ohio State extended its lead to 5-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth on a RBI double and a RBI fielder's choice.
Michigan State came back with a pair of runs in the sixth inning off an RBI from Blaise Salter and a sacrifice fly from Hovis, cutting the deficit to 6-4.
OSU added one in the seventh before the Spartans exploded for four runs in the eighth inning.
The Buckeyes added one in the eighth but freshman closer Justin Alleman retired the side in order in the ninth, earning his third save of the season.
Popp earned the win for MSU; he gave up one run in 1 2/3 innings of work.
The Spartans and Ohio State will play game two of the three game series tomorrow at 3:05 p.m.