April 9, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Redshirt junior Chase Rihtarchik had another solid outing and notched his fourth consecutive win on the season after allowing just one run and three hits against Western Michigan. The Spartans (18-11) defeated the Broncos, 10-1, on Tuesday afternoon at McLane Stadium and had 13 hits in the game. Junior Joel Fisher had scored two runs and had three RBIs.
"It was a better day today, no doubt," head coach Jake Boss said. "We still have a long way to go and we still have a lot to work on. I thought we showed some signs and had some better at-bats. It was a tough weekend and we came out with a pretty good focus today."
Seven different Spartans recorded a hit and five had multi-hit games. Fisher led the way, going 2-for-3 with two runs to go along with three RBIs. Cam Gibson, Jordan Keur, Jimmy Pickens and Ryan Richardson all had two hits on the day.
Western got on the board in the first inning off an RBI double from Jared Kujawa, scoring Andrew Sohn, in what would be the only run surrendered in the game.
The Spartans answered by scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning after giving up one in the top of the frame. Jordan Keur had a RBI-single down the left field line and Ryan Krill grounded into a double-play, scoring one Spartan run. Fisher came through with a two-RBI single and both PJ Nowak and Cam Gibson also notched RBIs for Michigan State.
MSU had six hits in the first inning and knocked starter Will Nimke out of the game. He recorded only two outs and gave up five runs on four hits.
On Thursday, The Spartans will take on the Lansing Lugnuts in the seventh annual Crosstown Showdown at Cooley Law School Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game will also be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.