April 1, 2014
YPSILANTI - The Michigan State baseball team used a five-run fourth inning to get past Eastern Michigan, 5-3, on Tuesday evening at Oestrike Stadium in Ypsilanti. Spartan reliever Anthony Misiewicz dominated the Eagles, holding them to two hits over six-complete innings and racking up nine strikeouts to earn his first win of the season.
"Anthony was outstanding today," MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. "He did a great job coming out of the bullpen. He threw a lot of strikes early in the count and showed a lot of toughness on the mound. He delivered."
"Chase had an opportunity today and really took advantage of it," Boss said. "It's a good testament to guys that work hard and wait for their opportunity. He really deserved the success he had tonight and was a big part of our win."
With the game scoreless in the top of the fourth inning, MSU (13-11) batted around, putting up five runs to take the lead. Two walks and a hit batter to start the frame loaded the bases for the Spartans. A bunt by Toth down the third base line brought in the first run and Durkin followed by belting a single up the middle to plate two more Spartans. Cam Gibson made it 4-0 with an RBI single that got through the right side and Blaise Salter added the last run with an RBI groundout.
EMU (10-14) bounced back in the bottom half of the inning, getting to MSU starter Walter Borkovich. Misiewicz replaced Borkovich with no outs and the score 5-2. Misiewicz was able to settle things down for the Spartans, yielding an unearned run and retiring three of four hitters to end the inning.
The two-run cushion was all Misiewicz needed the rest of the way as he yielded just one more hit, facing the minimum in the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings.
"He got us out of a jam and cruised the rest of the way," said Boss. "It was exactly what we needed at that spot in the game."
Misiewicz's nine strikeouts were the most by a Spartan pitcher this season.
The MSU offense threatened in the eighth, loading the bases, but couldn't push across another run.
The Spartans will host Oakland tomorrow in their first game of the season at McLane Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.