Spartans Fall at Home to Michigan, 6-2
Jimmy Pickens and Anthony Cheky each had two hits for MSU.
April 7, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State baseball lost to Michigan at McLane Stadium on Sunday afternoon, 6-2. The Spartans were swept for the first time this season and struggled at the plate for the third straight game. MSU (17-11, 2-4) got a pair of RBI sacrifice flies in the sixth inning, but couldn't muster up any more runs.
"Offensively, we continue to make the same mistakes and chase balls out of the strike zone," head coach Jake Boss said. "We continue to take quality pitches in hitter counts, and we were not aggressive. If you watch any ball game, the teams that are successful, are doing things the right way. And we aren't doing that right now."
Michigan starter Logan McAnallen earned the win. He allowed five hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched and allowed both runs. The Wolverines (16-14, 4-2) were led at the plate by Jacob Cronenworth and Zach Zott. Cronenworth went 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs and Zott went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first inning.
In the third inning, Michigan extended its lead to 3-0 after a RBI double to right field by Cronnenworth. In the top of the sixth, Cole Martin singled to right, bringing in Zott.
Sophomore Mick VanVossen took his second loss of the season. He threw 7 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs. He also walked two and had three strikeouts.
Sophomore Ryan Richardson was hit by the pitch to lead off the sixth and Cheky followed that with a single. Keur brought home Richardson and Jimmy Pickens followed that with a single to right. on the next at-bat, Joel Fisher recorded an RBI on a sac fly to right. Blaise Salter struck out to end the Spartan threat.
Michigan added a pair of runs in the ninth. Both were charged to Spartan reliever Trey Popp. Freshman Justin Alleman came into the game in the ninth and allowed one hit.
Michigan State is back in action on Tuesday, April 9 at home against Western Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 at McLane Baseball Stadium.