Baseball Falls to Central Michigan, 6-3
CMU's five-run fifth inning dooms Spartans.
April 21, 2010
MIDLAND, Mich. - Central Michigan scored five runs, three unearned, in the fifth inning and added one more in the eighth to defeat the Michigan State baseball team, 6-3, on Wednesday at Dow Diamond in Midland. After the Spartans took at a 3-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning, the game turned in the bottom of the frame as two MSU errors led to five runs for the Chippewas. The Spartans are now 24-10 while CMU is 21-13.
MSU stranded five runners on base through the first four innings as its best scoring chance early came in the second when consecutive singles by Torsten Boss and Chris Roberts put runners on the corners with no outs. CMU starting pitcher Bryce Morrow then got a pop out and ground out to end the threat.
With the game scoreless in the top of the fifth, three of the first four Spartan hitters reached safely to load the bases with one out. It looked like the Spartans might come away empty again when Jeff Holm appeared to ground into an inning-ending double play, but an error by CMU second baseman Ricky Clark allowed Holm to reach and two Spartan runs to score. Boss followed and made it 3-0 with an RBI single.
Michigan State starting pitcher Andrew Waszak allowed two hits in the first inning and then settled in and held CMU hitless until giving up a leadoff single in the fifth. Six of the next seven Chippewas reached, with the help of two uncharacteristic Spartan errors, as they sent 10 batters to the plate and pushed across five runs to take a 5-3 lead.
Waszak went 4.1 innings, allowed six hits, struck out four and walked two in falling to 3-1. Central Michigan's Dietrich Enns came on in relief of Morrow in the fifth inning and shutdown the Green and White, allowing just two hits in 3.1 innings of work.
The Spartans will have a day off before beginning a three-game set with Illinois on Friday at 3:05 p.m. at McLane Baseball Stadium.