April 1, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Michigan State baseball team collected a series victory over Indiana with a 6-1 win Sunday afternoon at Sembower Field. The Spartans, who swept the Hoosiers in a doubleheader on Saturday, took three of four games in the series to open the Big Ten season with a 3-1 record. Winners of five of their last six games, the Spartans improved to 11-9 for the season.
Spartan starter John Dwan (2-2) was dominant after allowing back-to-back two-out singles in the first, retiring 18 of the next 21 batters, including a double play in the third inning. He gave up three hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings while striking out three.
MSU got things going early, scoring two runs in the first. Day singled through the right side to bring home Brandon Doherty, and Roberts hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Gerstenberger.
The Spartans took advantage of a Hoosier error in the fifth, plating four unearned runs on four hits to go up 6-0. After Evan Friedland led off with a single, MSU put runners on second and third as IU second baseman Evan Crawford committed a throwing error on a ground ball. Doherty drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center, but it should have been the third out of the inning. Instead, the Green and White capitalized, rattling off three straight RBI doubles off the bats of Gerstenberger, Day and Roberts.
Indiana (11-11, 1-3) got on the board in the eighth on a Crawford RBI single to center field.
The Spartans return to action Tuesday, April 3 to take on the Lansing Lugnuts, Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, in an exhibition game at Oldsmobile Park. All tickets for the event, which starts at 6:05 p.m., are just $5.