April 14, 2010
KALAMAZOO - With the score tied at 10 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Tim Cross hit a one-out, RBI-double as Western Michigan defeated Michigan State, 11-10, on Wednesday afternoon in Kalamazoo. The loss marked the first time Michigan State (22-7) has lost back-to-back games this season.
The Spartans took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI-triple by Ryan Jones, before the Broncos sent 10 players to the plate in the bottom of the inning and scored six runs off seven hits to take the lead. The six runs were the most yielded by the Spartans in the first inning of any game this season.
MSU bounced back though in the top of the second - scoring four runs to knot the game at six. The Spartans were helped by two Bronco errors, both of which would have started double plays.
Western Michigan (7-24) reclaimed a one-run lead in the bottom of the second off a Chris Lewis home run to right field. The home run spelled the end of the day for MSU starter Andrew Waszak, who lasted just 1.1 innings.
An RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Eli Boike in the top of the third tied the game and then Jonathan Roof broke a 7-7 tie off the first pitch from reliever Billy Morrison with a single to right field that scored two runs.
Lewis homered again in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it a one-run game and then the Broncos took the lead, 10-9, with two more runs in the fifth off two hits.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth, MSU tied the game at 10 when WMU reliever Eric Heckman plunked Jordan Keur to bring in a run.
The Spar tans, however, were unable cash in any further as Seth Williams reached on a fielder's choice ground out and Boike got caught looking at strike three to end the inning.
MSU stranded two more runners in the eighth and then one more in the ninth. For the game, the Spartans left 13 runners on base, their second-highest total this season.
WMU reliever Troy Forton (1-3) earned the win, allowing one hit in three innings of work.
Roof (3-for-6) and Holm (3-for-5) led the Spartans offensively on Wednesday.
The Spartans will host Ohio State this weekend in a three-game set at McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field. Game one will begin at 3:05 p.m. on Friday.