April 24, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Michigan State baseball finally got back on the field after inclement weather on the road and at home cancelled four consecutive games. The Spartans lost at Notre Dame on Wednesday evening, 7-3. MSU (22-12) led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh but Notre Dame (23-16) scored four runs in the seventh and added one in the eighth to claim the win.
The Spartans hadn't played a complete game in eight days but head coach Jake Boss said that wasn't the issue.
"It's not an excuse," Boss said. "We've played 33 games coming into today. We were off for a week but at the same time the mental mistakes were nothing to do with not playing in the last week. We played with a lack of emotion today and it's unacceptable. We don't do things that way."
Notre Dame's Eric Jagielo went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Trey Mancini went 4-for-4 with a run scored for the Irish.
MSU plated two runs in the first inning after stringing together four straight singles. Both Pickens and Salter recorded an RBI for the Spartans in the first.
The Fighting Irish answered in the first on an RBI single from Kevin Bull, scoring Jagielo.
Misiewicz threw four innings in relief. He gave up four hits and one run to Notre Dame.
Michigan State extended its lead to 3-2 after an RBI-single from Hovis in the seventh inning, scoring Ryan Krill.
Chase Rihtarchik came on in the seventh for Misiewicz.
Blaise Lezynski pinch-hit for Forrest Johnson in the seventh and sent a two-run homer to right field in the seventh, giving the Irish the lead. Jagielo then hit a two-RBI double to right-center field and the Spartans trailed 6-3.
Notre Dame added one more in the eighth and the Spartans went down in order in the ninth.
David Hearne earned the win for Notre Dame. And Rihtarchik was tagged with his first loss of the season.
Next up, the Spartans host Purdue this weekend for a three-game series at McLane Baseball Stadium. The series gets underway on Friday at 3:05 p.m.