Spartan Baseball Edges Western Michigan, 6-5
April 10, 2007
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State baseball team won for the eighth time in its last 10 games with a 6-5 victory over Western Michigan Wednesday afternoon at Oldsmobile Park. MSU scored all of its runs in the fourth, scoring six times on five hits and two Bronco errors. Dennis Jones matched his season high by getting three hits at the plate, including an RBI double in the fourth. With the win, Michigan State improves to 14-10 for the season, while WMU falls to 8-16.
Western took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first off starter Ryan MacFarlane, but MacFarlane - a junior college transfer making his first start for the Green and White - settled down after the first frame, striking out four batters in the next 2.1 innings.
The Broncos came back with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth off relievers Kyle Corcoran and Peter Wolff to make it 6-4. Tony Clausen recorded the third out of the inning, and pitched one more inning of scoreless relief in the sixth to earn his first collegiate victory on the mound.
Chris Cullen pitched a scoreless and seventh and eighth and allowed just one hit while striking out two.
Western rallied for one unearned run in the top of the ninth, but with the tying run on second base, reliever Mike Monterey earned his fifth save of the season by getting pinch-hitter D.J. Perrin to line out to shortstop Brandon Doherty.
Tim Mowry (0-4) took the loss for WMU after giving up five runs on five hits in 3.2 innings.
Michigan State returns to action this weekend for a four-game set with Penn State at Kobs Field, beginning Friday at 3:05 p.m.
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