Spartans Fall at Central Michigan, 7-5
April 16, 2014
MT. PLEASANT - The Michigan State baseball team scored five runs to rally from a 7-0 deficit, but could not come all the way back and fell to Central Michigan, 7-5, on Wednesday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant. MSU is now 20-14 on the season, while the Chippewas improved to 23-14.
Six of the seven total Central Michigan runs in the game were unearned. The Chippewas took advantage of a Spartan error with two outs in the third to score twice and then two MSU errors in the fourth allowed CMU to put up five more runs for a 7-0 lead.
Central Michigan grabbed its 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after an error by the third baseman, Salter, allowed Adam Collins to reach base and Tyler Huntey to score. A bunt single by Alex Borglin then brought in another run.
CMU sent 11 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and aided by two more Spartan errors, scored five runs to take a 7-0 lead. Two of the first three batters reached via Spartan errors and a bases-loaded walk brought in the first run, also ending Chase Rihtarchik's outing on the mound. Another error, this time on a fielder's choice, scored two more runs. With two outs and the bases loaded later in the inning, a hit batter and then a walk by Anthony Misiewicz pushed the lead to 7-0.
Michigan State responded with a two-out rally in the top of the fifth, scoring four runs to cut the deficit to 7-4. Cheky brought in the first two Spartan runs with a bases-loaded single to center field. Salter followed with a double down the left field line for another run. Jimmy Pickens then made it three straight RBI hits as his single through the right side scored Cheky, making the score 7-4.
CMU's Jimmy McNamara took over for starter Adam Aldred with two outs in the fifth inning and settled things down for the Chippewas, allowing just one more hit before being replaced with two outs in the eighth.
Facing Tim Black in the ninth, Johnny Nate and Cheky both singled to give MSU a pair of runners with one out. Salter took advantage as he belted an RBI single up the middle to make it 7-5. But Black was able to strikeout the final two hitters, Pickens and Cam Gibson, to end the Spartans' comeback hopes.
McNamara earned the win for CMU while Riharchik took the loss.
Michigan State resumes Big Ten play this weekend, traveling to first-place Indiana. The Spartans and Hoosiers will open the series at 7 p.m. on Friday night. All three games of the series can be heard at SpartanSportsNetwork.com.
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