April 2, 2003
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie and defeat IPFW, 10-4, Wednesday afternoon (April 2) in the home opener at Kobs Field on the MSU campus. The Spartans improved to 6-17 for the season, while the Mastodons fell to 7-13-1.
Travis Gulick (So., East Lansing) tied a career high with four hits while scoring three runs and driving in two. He was one of three Spartans with RBI hits in the six-run eighth. Brett Wattles (Sr., Rochester), who went 2-for-3 with two RBI, started off the scoring with a bases-loaded single that plated one run. After an Erik Morris (So., West Bloomfield) walk brought another run home, Gulick nailed a single to center field to give the Spartans a three-run lead at 7-4. Two batters later, Charlie Braun (Sr., Grosse Pointe) supplied an even more comfortable cushion for MSU with a three-run double, giving the Spartans a six-run advantage heading into the ninth.
Right-handed reliever Ryan Golem (Sr., Dearborn) shut down the Mastodons with a perfect ninth to earn his second win of the season.
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a Gulick RBI single in the first, the Spartans had to climb back as IPFW scored three runs on a two-out, bases-loaded double in the second.
Brady Burrill (Sr., Newhall, Calif.) hit an RBI groundout in the third and Wattles delivered a sac-fly in the fourth as MSU tied the game at 3 after four innings.
In the fifth, Gulick led off with one of his four hits and later scored on a groundout by Jim Duffy (So., Carleton).
IPFW tied the game in the seventh on a sacrifice fly.
Right-handed freshman Chris Toepper (Portage) had a solid outing for the second-straight start as he threw 5.1 innings while allowing three runs on five hits. The Spartans went on to use three relievers before Golem entered the game in the eighth and closed the game in the ninth.
Four Spartans had at least two hits in the game as MSU pounded out a total of 14.
Adam Ferris (1-1), who gave up the winning runs in the seventh, took the loss for IPFW. Casey Rohan started for the Mastodons and surrendered four runs, two earned, on 10 hits in 6.1 innings of work.
MSU returns to action with a four-game series against Northwestern this weekend at Kobs Field. The first game is set for Friday, April 4 at 2 p.m.
GAME SUMMARY R H E IPFW 030 000 100- 4 6 3 MSU 101 110 06x- 10 14 1
WP: Golem-MSU (2-0) LP: Ferris-IPFW (1-1)