Central Michigan Defeats Spartan Baseball, 14-5
April 25, 2007
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State baseball team fell to Central Michigan, 14-5, on "Turn Back the Clock Night" Wednesday at Oldsmobile Park. The Chippewas used two big innings, scoring five runs in the third and five in the seventh, to propel them to victory. MSU scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the game 7-4, but CMU responded with seven runs in the next two innings. Michigan State returns to action this weekend to take on No. 20 Michigan. The four-game series begins Friday at Oldsmobile Park, with the first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.
Making his first career start, redshirt sophomore Peter Wolff looked solid the first two innings, but ran into trouble in the third. The Chippewas (26-13) led off the inning with five straight hits, knocking Wolff (1-1) out of the game. CMU added two more in the fourth to go up 7-0.
The Spartans (15-18) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-4. Evan Friedland led off the inning with a single and scored MSU's first run on a Steve Gerstenberger walk with the bases loaded. Kyle Day and Eli Boike followed with back-to-back groundouts to bring in two more runs, and Justin Potes plated the fourth run with a two-out single to right that brought home Gerstenberger.
Central halted State's momentum with five runs in the seventh. Two runs scored on bases-loaded walks, and Tyler Stovall delivered the big blow with a three-run, bases-clearing double to make it 12-5.
Sean Walker began the seventh with a single, his second hit of the game, and came around to score on an error by CMU second baseman Eric Cannon.
Cannon made up for his error with a two-run double in the top of the eighth to conclude the game's scoring.
Chris Kupillas (4-2) picked up the win for the Chippewas. Although he walked eight and hit two batters, he struck out four and only allowed three runs and three hits in 6.0 innings.
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