Spartans Fall in 14-Inning Heartbreaker at No. 13 Purdue, 4-3
April 28, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Michigan State baseball team fell in extra innings for the first time this season after dropping a 14-inning heartbreaker at No. 13 Purdue, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Lambert Field.
In a pitching duel between Spartan starter Andrew Waszak and Boilermaker starter Lance Breedlove, Michigan State (26-15, 7-7 Big Ten) scored the game's first runs with three in the top of the eighth inning on a two-out, bases-loaded triple from Torsten Boss.
The Boilermakers (34-6, 14-3) got one back in the eighth, but MSU led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Waszak exited the game two batters into the eighth inning, and was charged with just one run in his seven innings of work.
In the bottom of the ninth, Purdue loaded the bases with one out against closer Tony Wieber, who entered the game with a 0.95 ERA. Wieber then got Tyler Spillner to fly out to center field for the second out of the inning, but Eric Charles came through with a clutch two-out single on a full count that brought home two runs to tie the game at 3.
Michigan State threatened to score in the top of the 11th after Ryan Jones singled and Torsten Boss reached on an error to put runners on first and second with no outs; however, a pop out and double play ended MSU's scoring chance.
Purdue finally broke through in the bottom of the 14th by taking advantage of Spartan miscues. Spillner led off the inning and reached on a fielding error by Jones at second, and then Charles got to first on a throwing error by third baseman Torsten Boss. Following a wild pitch that moved the runners to second and third with no outs, Cameron Perkins delivered the game-winning hit with a single to right center.
Michigan State was previously 6-0 in extra-inning games this season.
Eight different Spartans recorded a hit in the game, led by Jordan Keur and Jimmy Pickens, who each collected two.
Trey Popp pitched a career-high four innings in relief but took the loss after giving up the unearned run in the 14th. Popp entered the game in the 10th and gave up just two hits while striking out two.
Michigan State committed four errors in the field and only one of the Purdue runs was earned.
Boilermaker reliever Blake Mascarello threw 3 2/3 shutout innings to improve to 8-1 for the season.
The series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.
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