April 12, 1998
LANSING, Mich. - Another pitchers' duel marked the series finale between Michigan State and Indiana on Sunday afternoon, as the Hoosiers gained a split of the four-game set with a 3-0 victory at Oldsmobile Park.
IU's Greg Schabel (2-2) kept the Spartans off the board for seven innings, scattering seven singles and fanning five. Chris Wilson pitched the final two frames for the Hoosiers (21-18, 6-6), picking up his first save of the season. Michigan State (14-18, 4-8) freshman starter John Steiger (1-1) almost matched Schabel pitch-for-pitch, keeping Indiana off the board before giving up the only run he allowed in the ball game in the sixth.
Indiana's Jason Williams proved to be a Spartan-killer on the afternoon, knocking home all three runs on a pair of extra-base hits. His RBI-triple in the sixth opened the scoring, while his two-run double in the eighth off the MSU bullpen secured IU's split of the series.
MSU's Carlos Fernandez banged out three singles in four at bats, as MSU compiled eight hits on the afternoon. Third baseman Mike Pisani extended his eight game hitting streak with a fourth-inning single.
Steiger takes the hard-luck loss despite a brilliant 118-pitch performance. The right-hander, making his first Big Ten start in his career, struck out a career-high nine in 5.1 innings, including key punch-outs to get himself out of early jams.
Michigan State takes Monday off before taking on Grand Valley State at Kobs Field on Tuesday. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m., as MSU's David Strunk will make his first collegiate start for the Spartans.
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IND: Schabel, Wilson (8) and Childs MSU: Steiger, Brandell (6), Yens (8) and Kalczynski W: Schabel, 2-2 L: Steiger, 1-1 Sv: Wilson, 1 HR: none
NOTES: With the exception of a 12-0 victory over Wayne State on March 25, John Steiger has not gotten much help from his teammates during his four starts this season. In his collegiate debut, the freshman surrendered just one unearned run in five innings (with eight strikeouts), but the MSU offense only banged out three hits, as Steiger got a no-decision in a 2-1 MSU loss to Campbell. The right-hander left the April 8 ballgame against Detroit with a 6-2 lead in the fifth, only to have the MSU bullpen allow eight runs in the sixth, as the Titans won, 11-7