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Spartans Defeat Ohio State, 7-5, Claim Series Victory Over Buckeyes

May 6, 2007

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State baseball team earned a series victory over Ohio State after defeating the Buckeyes, 7-5, Sunday afternoon in front of 3,037 at Bill Davis Stadium. After losing game one of the series Friday, the Spartans (18-23, 9-14 Big Ten) responded by sweeping the Buckeyes (28-15, 12-10) in a doubleheader Saturday before winning the series finale. It marked the second straight series win for MSU in Columbus, as the 2005 team also took three of four at Ohio State.

Freshman left-hander Kyle Corcoran (1-1) earned his first collegiate victory with a superb outing against one of the top 25 offensive teams in the nation. The LaGrange, Ill., native gave up four runs on six hits in 6.1 innings of action.

Although the Buckeyes scored an early run in the first, Corcoran and OSU starter J.B. Shuck engaged in a pitching battle the first four innings. Corcoran settled down after the run crossed and hurled four scoreless innings, while Shuck gave up five hits, but no runs, through the first four frames.

The Spartans took advantage of a Buckeye error in the fifth inning, as E.J. Daws led off and advanced to second on an errant throw by shortstop Cory Kovanda. Dennis Jones sacrificed Daws to third, and with two outs, Brandon Doherty delivered an RBI single to tie the game at 1 apiece.

MSU broke the game open with six runs in the sixth to make it 6-1. The Green and White started the inning with three consecutive singles, led by Justin Potes' RBI single to left that plated Sean Walker. A walk to Daws loaded the bases to bring up Jones, the hero of yesterday's 6-4 come-from-behind victory. With the bases loaded and MSU trailing 4-1 last night, Jones hit a bases-clearing triple. On Sunday, he did it again, coming through with a bases-clearing double, giving MSU a 5-1 advantage. A groundout then put Jones on third, and a walk to Doherty put runners on first and third. Staying aggressive, Doherty attempted to steal second base, and a wild throw by Buckeye catcher Eric Fryer not only scored Jones from third, but put Doherty on third. Left fielder Kyle Day followed with a double off the centerfield fence, driving home Doherty and MSU's sixth run of the inning.



The big inning was all the support the Spartan pitching staff would need, although the Buckeyes made it close with a run in the sixth and three in the seventh on a Justin Miller three-run double to left, cutting the lead to 7-5.

Chris Cullen pitched a scoreless eighth, and closer Mike Monterey shut down the Buckeyes in the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season, which now ranks tied for third best in an MSU season.

Steve Gerstenberger and Chris Roberts each went 3-for-5 for MSU. Roberts hit .563 in the series (9-for-16) with five RBI.

Shuck (3-2) of Ohio State took the loss after surrendering seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits in 5.2 innings of work.

Michigan State returns to action for a midweek game at Western Michigan Tuesday in Kalamazoo at 3 p.m.

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