May 8, 2007
KALAMAZOO, Mich - Junior right-hander Ryan MacFarlane earned his first win as a Spartan by throwing seven scoreless innings in Michigan State's 10-6 victory over Western Michigan Tuesday afternoon at Hyames Field. The Spartans, winners of four straight, have now beaten the Broncos four consecutive times. MSU slugged out 15 hits, led by first baseman Evan Friedland, who tied season highs with three hits and three RBI.
Already leading 2-0, MSU (19-23) broke the game open with four runs in the sixth and three in the seventh. John Lee walked with the bases loaded for the first run of the inning and Dennis Jones followed with a sacrifice fly, plating Chris Roberts. After Steve Gerstenberger collected his third hit of the game, this time for an infield single, leftfielder E.J. Daws stepped into the box and delivered a two-run single to left-center.
In the seventh, Sean Walker led off with a double, and after a walk to Roberts, Justin Potes loaded the bases with a bunt single. Friedland drove in his first runs of the game with a single to left-center, bringing home Walker and Roberts. Walker also collected a double in the eighth inning. Jones completed MSU's scoring with an RBI single to center field.
While the Spartan offense was slugging out hits, MacFarlane was dealing on the mound. A junior college transfer from Southeastern Illinois, MacFarlane (1-0) allowed just three hits without walking a batter in his seven shutout innings.
After MacFarlane exited the game, Western Michigan (15-27) scored five runs on six consecutive hits to begin the eighth. MSU responded in the top of the ninth with another RBI single from Friedland, making it 10-5. The Broncos added one more run in the bottom of the ninth.
MSU got things going early, taking advantage of a two-base error by Bronco centerfielder Pedro Dager in the first. After a two-out Kyle Day walk, the sophomore catcher scored as Dager misplayed a fly ball off the bat of Walker, giving MSU a quick 1-0 lead.
The Spartans added another unearned run in the third. Gerstenberger led off with a double to right, and scored as shortstop Zach Gentile made an errant throw to first base on a grounder, allowing Gerstenberger to score from second.
Kyle Kendzicky (1-4) took the loss for WMU, surrendering five runs, three earned, on seven hits in five innings.
Michigan State returns to action Wednesday to face Illinois-Chicago at Les Miller Field in Chicago. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET.