Spartans Squeak by Western Michigan, 5-4
Anthony Cheky made two great plays in center field, taking away two Bronco hits.
May 7, 2013
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Michigan State baseball defeated Western Michigan on Tuesday afternoon, 5-4. The Spartans (27-14) led 5-1 heading into the ninth inning but the Broncos (15-32) scored three runs on a bases clearing double from pinch hitter Kurt Hoekstra. Reliever Justin Alleman got out of the jam by getting Hunter Prince to foul out to the catcher.
The Spartans scored early, sending in one run in the first inning. Freshman Cam Gibson led off with a walk and Ryan Richardson followed that with a single through the left side. On the next at-bat, Jimmy Pickens grounded into a double play that sent in Cam Gibson.
Center fielder Anthony Cheky robbed Western Michigan Jared Kujawa of a pair of hits. Cheky made an outstanding play in the first, saving a run with a diving catch in the gap in right center. He took another one away from Kujawa in the fourth, tracking down a ball and making an over-the-shoulder grab at the warning track in left center.
Pickens hit an RBI-double off the fence in left-center to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning. Richardson scored on the play after reaching base on a hit-by-pitch.
Theodore tossed six innings and allowed just three hits and zero runs. He walked one and had two strikeouts in his first win of the season.
WMU cut the deficit to 3-1 on a RBI-double by Brandon Cable that scored Patrick Duncan.
The Spartans added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth inning off of reliever Gabe Berman. Kevin Goergen and Justin Hovis started off the inning with a pair of singles and Gibson reached on a fielder's choice. Richardson hit an RBI-single to center field and Pickens hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Gibson.
Misiewicz gave way to Alleman in the ninth and the freshman gave up three singles to load the bases with two outs. Hoekstra hit a three-RBI double to left field but Alleman retired the next batter on a foul ball to catcher Joel Fisher.
The Spartans will host Eastern Michigan tomorrow in the final home game of the season at McLane Stadium at 3:05 p.m.