April 18, 2012
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Michigan State baseball team extended its winning streak over Central Michigan to four games and claimed the season series over the Chippewas for the third straight year with an 11-1 victory Wednesday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium.
The Spartans improved to 24-12 this season and have won four straight heading into this weekend's Big Ten series at home against Minnesota. In the past three games, Michigan State has scored 44 runs on 55 hits.
"This is a confident group that's feeling good right now," said MSU head coach Jake Boss. "We're locked in at the plate, we've been playing outstanding defense the past few games, and the pitching has been great all season long."
Michigan State produced 14 hits, led by freshman first baseman Ryan Krill, who tallied season highs with three RBIs and four hits. Jordan Keur, the Big Ten's leading hitter, upped his average to over .400 with three more hits, while Ryan Jones also had three hits.
"It was a tough day to hit because the wind was blowing in," Boss said. "We hit some fly balls early, and to our players' credit, they adjusted at the plate and the second time around starting hitting some line drives. We were fortunate to string a few hits together when we needed them."
The Spartans, who also beat the Chippewas on March 28 in East Lansing, started the game's scoring with two unearned runs in the second.
Central Michigan (16-22) scored its only run in the bottom of the second to make it 2-1, but the damage could have been worse. Although Chippewa second baseman Pat Mackenzie delivered an RBI single with runners on second and third with one out, Nick Regnier then flew out to John Martinez in left field for the second out, and Martinez proceeded to throw out Jordan Adams at the plate to end the rally.
From that point, it was all Michigan State, who won for the third consecutive time in Mount Pleasant.
The Spartans scored three runs in the fourth, keyed by a Jones RBI double and a Krill run-scoring single. MSU made it 6-1 in the sixth as Krill drove in his second run of the game with a double to left field.
On the mound, Mike Theodore won his third game of the season by allowing just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"Mike threw well today," said Boss. "After the big play by John Martinez in the second inning to throw the runner out at the plate, he really settled in and took command of the game."
Chippewa freshman left-hander Matt Trowbridge (3-3) scattered seven hits and allowed six runs, although just two were earned, in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. CMU committed four errors in the field.
The two teams will meet for the third and final time of the season in the "Clash at Comerica" on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in Detroit.