Spartans Down Hawkeyes, 16-2
Spartans score 16 runs of 17 hits.
April 4, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State and Iowa completed Saturday's postponed game on Sunday as the Spartans downed the Hawkeyes, 16-2. The Spartans led the game by the same score when the game was halted after the seventh inning due to rain on Saturday afternoon.
When play resumed on Sunday, Tim Simpson took the hill for the Spartans (18-5, 1-1) and held the Hawkeyes (10-14, 1-1) scoreless over the final two innings.
After struggling to score runs in Friday's game, the Spartans broke loose early on Saturday with five runs in the second inning with the help of two Hawkeye errors. Jeff Holm led off the inning by reaching on an error by Iowa second baseman Mike McQuillan and Ryan Jones then followed with a single. Two batters later, Iowa first baseman Phil Keppler misplayed a ball hit by Torsten Boss, allowing Holm to score the first run of the game.
The Spartans widened their lead to 9-0 with four more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jones drove in a run with double and then Chris Roberts followed with his team-leading fourth home run of the year. Torsten Boss made it back-to-back long balls with his first collegiate home run to make the score 9-0.
With MSU leading 9-2 in the sixth inning, the Spartans blew the game open, scoring seven more runs for commanding 16-2 lead. Jordan Keur became the second Spartan to hit hits first career home run, as he took Iowa reliever Patrick Schatz deep over the left field wall to start the inning. Three consecutive singles then loaded the bases for Jeff Holm who drove in two runs with a base hit through the right side. Again MSU loaded the bases with two more base hits and Boss cleared them with a three-RBI double.
Spartan starting pitcher Kurt Wunderlich allowed nine hits, struck out three and didn't issue a walk through seven innings to get the win and improve to 5-1.
Iowa starter Zach Kenyon went five complete innings, allowing 12 runs, seven earned, off 11 hits and took the loss to fall to 1-2.