April 27, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Despite a complete-game effort from senior right-hander Tony Bucciferro, the Michigan State baseball team lost at No. 13 Purdue, 6-2, Friday afternoon at Lambert Field in the opening game of the three-game series.
Bucciferro (3-3) scattered eight hits and allowed six runs, four earned, in his eight innings. The biggest blemish on his line came in the fourth inning, as Boilermaker right fielder Barrett Serrato erased MSU's 1-0 lead with a grand slam homer, quickly making it 4-1 in favor of Purdue.
The Boilermakers, who improved to 33-6 and own the nation's highest winning percentage at .846, tacked on two unearned runs in the seventh to extend their lead to 6-1.
Michigan State (24-16, 7-6) threatened in the ninth by loading the bases with no outs, but a double play brought in the only run of the inning for the Spartans.
Jordan Keur, the Big Ten's leading hitter, upped his average to .406 by going 2-for-4. He was the only Spartan to collect a multi-hit game, as six other players recorded one hit apiece.
Purdue starter Joe Haase (7-0) remained perfect on the season after allowing just one run, which came on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Jones in the top of the third. Haase struck out three and gave up six hits in seven innings of work.
The Boilermakers, now at 13-3 in conference play, also had eight hits in the game, led by 3-for-4 efforts from Kevin Plawecki and Eric Charles.
Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 2 p.m.