April 24, 2008
LANSING, Mich. - An Oldsmobile Park-record crowd of 12,862 watched the Lansing Lugnuts edge the Michigan State baseball team, 4-2, in seven innings in the second annual Crosstown Showdown Thursday night at Oldsmobile Park. Senior Steve Gerstenberger and freshman Andy Johnson each drove in a run to lead the Spartans.
"I'm so proud of both organizations for putting together a record-setting event," head coach David Grewe said. "It was an awesome night for our players and both organizations. To have that crowd and have the game on national TV was great. I'm happy to have been a part of it."
Twenty-six players saw action for MSU. Sophomore Scott Heitshusen started on the mound, one of eight Spartan pitcher to make an appearance.
The Lugnuts, the Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first without recording a hit. Leadoff man Adam Calderone reached on a passed ball after being struck out by Heitshusen. Calderone stole second, tagged up on a flyout to advance to third and then scored on a wild pitch.
MSU (14-21) took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third. Gerstenberger doubled to center to score senior Brandon Doherty, and Johnson drove home Gerstenberger with a single through the right side of the infield to give the Spartans the lead. Lansing's Moises Sierra tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom half of the third with a solo shot to right.
The Lugnuts (12-7) took control with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Raul Barron and Wes Stone each singled and scored to provide the final margin.
Kyle Walters got the win for the Lugnuts, while freshman A.J. Achter took the loss for MSU.
The Spartans host a four-game series against Iowa beginning Friday, April 25 at 6:05 p.m. at Oldsmobile Park.