April 16, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Penn State topped the Michigan State baseball team, 10-4, in the series finale Monday afternoon at Kobs Field. PSU took three of four games to win the series, while MSU fell to 15-13 (6-5 Big Ten). After three weeks of Big Ten action, the Spartans are tied for fourth place in the league standings with Purdue.
Penn State (12-18, 5-5) got to Spartan starter John Dwan early, scoring two runs in the second and two more in the third to build an early 4-1 lead. Dwan (3-3) entered the game a perfect 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in Big Ten play, but took the loss on Monday after allowing four runs on six hits in 5.0 innings.
Michigan State trimmed the Nittany Lion lead to one run by scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth. Eli Boike, who went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs, singled to lead off the inning, and scored on a Dennis Jones triple to right field. Evan Friedland brought home Jones with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3.
The score remained 4-3 until Penn State erupted for two runs in the seventh and six in the eighth to put the game out of reach. After PSU scored two in the seventh, MSU did respond with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning on Justin Potes' RBI double. Potes drove in Kyle Day, who went 3-for-5 on the day to raise his average to .318.
The Nittany Lions scored four runs on three hits in the eighth, including Rick Marlin's bases-clearing triple that brought home three runs. Marlin finished the day 2-for-3 with five RBI.
Matt Ogrodnik pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn his second save of the season, while Paul Hawkins (1-0) picked up the win.
Michigan State returns to the field Wednesday, April 18 to take on Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant at 3 p.m.