April 8, 2014
EAST LANSING - The Michigan State baseball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday, falling to Central Michigan, 10-1, at McLane Baseball Stadium. The Chippewas scored in each of the first two innings and took advantage of Spartan errors to build on their lead as the game progressed.
"It was unacceptable," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "The way we played today was unacceptable - that's not how we play baseball here."
Already leading 1-0, CMU added to its advantage in the top of the second when Neal Jacobs scored on a wild pitch.
The Chippewas doubled their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning. A Zack Fields double and subsequent error on the relay throw allowed Alex Borglin to score and make it 3-0. An error on a groundball later in the inning upped the lead to 4-0.
The Spartans made five errors over the final three innings, leading to six more CMU runs. Three errors in the top of the seventh and two more in the ninth gave the Chippewas a trio of runs in each inning, making the score 10-1.
Michigan State left a total of 11 runners on base in the game, including three in the first inning. An error and two walks loaded the bases with two outs in the frame, but CMU starting pitcher Adam Aldred got out of the jam by inducing a fly ball off the bat of Joel Fisher.
"We had a lackluster performance from the beginning," Boss said. "We had a chance to put some runs on the board early and weren't able to do it."
The Spartans' lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth when Jimmy Pickens hit a two-out solo home run that easily sailed high over the right field wall.
The home run pulled MSU within three at 4-1, but it was as close as it would get.
"The good thing is we get to play tomorrow and don't have to sit on this all week," Boss said.
Walter Borkovich went 4 1/3 innings in starting on the mound for the Spartans, yielding four runs (three earned) off three hits. He struck out one and walked two in falling to 1-1 on the season.
Aldred yielded seven hits over 6 1/3 innings to earn the win.
Cam Gibson finished with a game-high three hits for the Spartans.
The Spartans will face Western Michigan tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. at McLane Baseball Stadium.