April 6, 2010
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Coach Jake Boss Jr.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Catcher Andy Johnson went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Michigan State baseball team defeated Bowling Green, 5-2, on Tuesday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field to improve to 20-5 on the year. The loss dropped Bowling Green to 8-15-1.
After plating 42 runs in its last two outings, it looked like Michigan State might struggle to score in Tuesday's game as it left a total of four runners on base in the second and third innings.
Bowling Green took a one-run lead in the first inning and then made it 2-0 in the top of the fourth before the Spartans' bats came to life. In the bottom of the fourth inning, MSU returned to its recent form, batting around and scoring four times to take a 4-2 lead. A leadoff single by Ryan Jones started things for MSU and then with one out, Torsten Boss drove in the first Spartan run with the first of three consecutive run-scoring hits. Jordan Keur followed with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game, and then Johnson cleared the bases with his first career home run to make it a 4-2 game.
"Credit to the young guys in the bottom part of our lineup in that fourth inning," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "Torsten, Jordan and Andy really came up big."
With MSU still leading by two runs in the eighth inning, Johnson came through again. This time he hit a two-out double that scored Keur to add an insurance run for the Spartans and make the score 5-2.
"I can't say enough about Andy Johnson today," Boss said. "Andy had the home run that put us ahead for good and then the big double in the eighth inning. He was injured all of last season and works really, really hard - he is deserving of the success he had today."
Freshman Andrew Waszak started on the mound for the Green and White and didn't allow a hit past the fourth inning to pick up his third win in his last three starts. Waszak (3-0) went six complete innings, allowed one earned run, struck out five and walked just one.
Fellow rookie Tony Wieber was equally as impressive in relief as he finished off the Falcons for his first career save. Wieber threw the final three innings and had a career best four Ks.
"Both of those young guys threw very well," said Boss.
BGSU starter Patrick Martin (1-1) went 3.1 innings and yielded four runs off eight hits to take the loss.
The Spartans, which have now won 13 of their last 14 games, will take on the Lansing Lugnuts on Wednesday in the fourth-annual Crosstown Showdown at Cooley Law School Stadium. The exhibition game will begin at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are still available.