May 1, 2013
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State Spartans fell to the Lansing Lugnuts in the seventh annual Crosstown Showdown on Wednesday night, 10-2. The Showdown, presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, drew 11,619 fans to Cooley Law School Stadium. It marked the fourth largest crowd in Crosstown Showdown history.
"The result tonight isn't as important as the experience," head coach Jake Boss said. "It's something they look forward to every year. Another great crowd and the Lugnuts are a first-class organization. It's something they will remember for a long time."
Lansing reliever Chase DeJong earned the win, while the loss fell on MSU starter Cody Huge.
The Lugnuts jumped on Huge in the first inning, scoring the first two runs in the seven-inning contest. Carlos Ramirez had an RBI single and Chris Hawkins had a sacrifice fly for Lansing.
Lansing added one in the third and six more runs in the fourth inning to lengthen its lead. The Lugnuts batted 12 batters in the fourth. Hawkins hits a two-run home run in the frame, giving him four RBIs on the day.
Dwight Smith added a RBI triple in the fourth inning. He went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, a double, a triple and a walk. The Lugnuts added one in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Jorge Flores. He went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Next up, the Spartans will host Illinois in its final home Big Ten series of the weekend. Friday's game is set for 3:05 p.m. and will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network and broadcast live on SpartanSportsNetwork.com.