April 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State and Indiana were knotted at one heading into the bottom of the 11th inning, searching for a clutch hit to seal the upset. Sophomore Jimmy Pickens delivered with an RBI single up the middle, sending home Anthony Cheky and giving the Spartans a 2-1 win over No. 12 Indiana at McLane Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Spartans (19-11, 3-4) defeated their second ranked team of the season by taking down the Hoosiers (26-5, 8-2) in the first game of a three-game series.
"It was a great win for our guys," head coach Jake Boss said. "I'm really proud of them. They showed a lot of character, a lot of fight, they kept playing and never really got down. We got a big hit when we needed it and a couple big at-bats. It was a very good win against a very good ballclub."
Michigan State lost its second senior of the season due to injury after Jordan Keur tore his Achilles tendon rounding first base and heading to second in the second inning.
"My heart goes out to Jordan Keur," an emotional Boss said. "The kid is unfortunately done in a Michigan State uniform. Such a good kid. You lose your captain and it hurts. It's tough for him, tough for his parents and tough for all of us. I told our guys, `We have a job to represent him now.' He will never put that uniform on again and that's a shame."
Indiana scored its lone run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly.
Freshman Cam Gibson went 3-for-5 with three singles and Pickens had two hits.
Both starting pitchers were tagged with no-decisions after excellent outings.
Joey DeNato of Indiana went 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits and struck out a pair of Spartans.
Andrew Waszak threw eight innings and allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out five IU batters.
"He's our Friday night guy and he may not be a first round draft pick but he competes," Boss said. "And you know what you're going to get every Friday and that's why he goes on Friday. He made a statement for himself striking out the side in the first inning against a very good Indiana ballclub."
With two outs in the 11th, Anthony Cheky singled and Justin Alleman earned a walk in his first collegiate at bat. Cheky stole both second and third, setting up Pickens with runners on the corners. Pickens sent a single up the middle, ending the game and clearing the Spartan dugout for the third walk-off win of the season.
Michigan State and Indiana will play game two of the series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. at McLane Stadium.