Minnesota Claims Series Finale From Spartan Baseball, 12-2
Chris Roberts hit his first collegiate home run in Sunday's game at Minnesota.
Chris Roberts hit his first collegiate home run in Sunday's game at Minnesota.

April 22, 2007

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MINNEAPOLIS - A change of scenery didn't help the Michigan State baseball team as Minnesota completed the four-game sweep over the Spartans with a 12-2 victory Sunday afternoon. Playing in the Metrodome due to rainy weather in Minneapolis, the Gophers improved to 11-3 at the Twins home ballpark this season. Minnesota (26-7, 9-2 Big Ten) won for the 18th time in its last 20 games, while MSU fell to 15-17 (6-9). Michigan State returns to action for "Turn Back the Clock Night" Wednesday, April 25 against Central Michigan at Oldsmobile Park. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m.

Minnesota got up early, scoring twice in the first. Mike Mee brought home the first run with an RBI single, while a double play from the next batter plated Dan Lyons from third.

Freshman leftfielder Chris Roberts responded in the top of the second, hitting a deep solo shot to right field, the first of his collegiate career.

The Spartans tied the game at 2 in the third on a Steve Gerstenberger RBI groundout that plated Eli Boike, but the Gophers got the run right back on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead.

Minnesota extended its advantage to four runs as Matt Nohelty drilled a three-run home to right field in the fourth.

The Gophers broke the game open with six runs in the sixth, making it 12-2. Mee crushed a three-run homer to right field, while Nohelty and Lyons added RBI hits in the inning. Mee finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI, and went 10-for-16 with eight RBI in the series.

John Dwan (3-4) took the loss for MSU, giving up nine runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings. Dustin Brabender threw 6.0 innings of two-run, six-hit ball to earn his fourth win of the season.

Day and Boike each collected two hits for the Spartans.