April 5, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior third baseman Alan Cattrysse (Chatham, Ont.) went 5-for-6 at the plate with five runs and two RBI as the Michigan State baseball team recorded season-highs in runs (20) and hits (26) in a 20-9 victory over Saginaw Valley State Tuesday, April 5, at MSU's Kobs Field. Cattrysse was one of five Spartans to tally at least three hits and two RBI in the game.
Michigan State (11-13) posted a five-run rally on seven hits in the first inning on Saginaw Valley State starting pitcher Elijah Martin, highlighted by RBI doubles from sophomore shortstop Troy Krider (Coldwater, Mich.) and Cattrysse.
Saginaw Valley State (13-4) cut its deficit at 5-2 in the top of the second on an RBI fielder's choice by red-shirt freshman Ken Hoffman and an RBI sacrifice fly by junior Jason Burghardt. The Spartans increased their lead at 6-2 on an RBI single by sophomore catcher Sean Walker (Round Lake, Ill.) to left field, scoring sophomore left fielder Ryan Basham (Lowell, Ind.), who led off the frame with a single.
State brought home two more runs in the third inning to increase its lead at 8-2. Cattrysse led off the inning with a double and later scored on a fielding error by the Cardinals during a double stolen base attempt. Sophomore right fielder Adam Tripp (Saugus, Calif.) plated sophomore second baseman E.J. Daws (Bozeman, Mont.), who reached base on a walk, with an RBI sacrifice fly to right field. A two-run home run by Cattrysse to left center jacked MSU's lead at 10-2 in the fourth inning.
The Cardinals came back in the sixth inning with a four-run rally, cutting Michigan State's advantage down at 10-6. Junior Dale Marsden laced a two-run double and senior Jason Hannning hit a run-scoring single for Saginaw Valley State to highlight the frame for SVSU. Basham hiked MSU's advantage back to six runs at 12-6, blasting a two-run homer to right field. Freshman center fielder Ryan Sontag (Monroe, Mich.) hit his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot to left center, to cap a four-run seventh inning for the Spartans, increasing their lead at 16-6.
Four more runs crossed the plate to put the game out of reach in the eighth inning for Michigan State as junior pinch hitter Jamey Embree (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) tagged his first homer in an MSU uniform. A solo homer by senior Mike Crawford and an RBI double by freshman Brandon Fanion powered Saginaw Valley State to scored three runs in the ninth inning for the final margin.
Walker was 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs and two RBI for the Spartans. Tripp, (3-for-5, two RBI, run) Krider (3-for-7, two runs, RBI, 2B) and Sontag (3-for-5, HR, five RBI) also finished with three hits. Freshman Mike Takashima (2-1) earned the win for Michigan State, allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits in two and one-third innings in relief. Takashima, a native of Rochester, Mich., also recorded three strikeouts and two walks.
Burghardt (2-for-4, run, RBI), Marsden (2-for-3, two runs, two RBI) and Hanning (2-for-5, double, two RBI) each recorded two hits to lead Saginaw Valley State offensively. Martin (2-1) took the loss for the Cardinals after giving up eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in two innings of work.
The Spartans continue their homestand with a four-game Big Ten series against Illinois beginning Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m.