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Baseball Downs Oakland to Win Home Opener

Blaise Salter went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's win.

April 2, 2014

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EAST LANSING - The Michigan State baseball team won its home opener on Wednesday afternoon, downing Oakland, 5-3, at McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field. The win was Spartans' fourth in a row, pushing their record to 14-11 on the season.

MSU (14-11) fell behind 3-0, but rallied for five-unanswered runs, led by Anthony Cheky and Blaise Salter, who both went 2-for-4.

"We didn't play as well as we would have liked, but it was good to finally be at home," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "At the same time, I think good teams can win games when they don't play as well. Fortunately we were able to pull it out today."

Three singles in each of the first three innings helped Oakland (4-14) score solo runs in all three frames to grab a 3-0 lead. Zach Sterry had an RBI groundout in the first, Robby Enslen had an RBI single through the left side in the second and Spencer Marentette had a base hit to right center field in the third to drive in another run.

The Michigan State offense awoke in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs to tie the game. Cheky belted his first home run of the year, hitting a two-run shot over the right field fence. Salter, who doubled in his previous plate appearance, belted another double later in the third, bringing tin the tying run.

MSU claimed its first lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cheky led off with a double to right field and after stealing third, Ryan Richardson drove him in with an RBI single to left field.

With the game still 4-3, Oakland appeared to tie the game in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Marentette. Marentette hit a fly ball to center field that Cheky caught and relayed to Ryan Krill. Brett Impemba came home from third on the play, but it was ruled he left the base early and was called out.

MSU built on its lead in the bottom of the seventh with a sacrifice fly by Joel Fisher, making the score 5-3.

Joe Mockbee replaced starter Chase Rihtarchik in the fourth and gave up one hit over two-innings to earn his first collegiate win.

Bryan Jagielo, who was one of seven Oakland pitchers to see action on Wednesday, took the loss after giving up what turned out to be the winning run in the fifth inning.

The Spartans will take on the Lansing Lugnuts tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. in the annual Crosstown Showdown at Cooley Law School Stadium.



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