May 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State baseball finished the home season at McLane Stadium with a 6-3 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, 6-3. Jimmy Pickens hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Justin Hovis had a two-RBI double in the sixth inning for the Spartans. MSU improved to 28-14 on the year while Eastern fell to 22-25.
Chase Rihtarchik earned his fifth win of the season. He threw five innings and allowed two runs in six hits. He also walked three and had two strikeouts.
"It was a good win, they are all good," head coach Jake Boss said. "Eastern is a scrappy ball club and they play hard. We knew we were going to get that out of them today. It was a little sloppy at times but at the end of the day, a win is a win."
Blaise Salter went 3-for-4 with a RBI and Pickens went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Senior Trey Popp earned his first save of the season and just the second of his career. He threw 3 1/3 innings in relief and allowed one run on one hit.
"I thought Trey Popp threw well and did a nice job when we needed him to," Boss said. "He got us out of a jam. Justin Hovis had been struggling most of the year but is starting to see the ball better and had a big hit today that drove in a couple of runs."
Eastern Michigan scored the first run of the game in the second inning. Marquise Gill had a RBI-single to right field that scored Adam Sonabend.
Ryan Richardson singled through the left side before Pickens came up in the third inning. With the count 3-2, Pickens sent his seventh home run of the season into the Red Cedar River in right field to give MSU a 2-1 lead.
The Spartans added another run in the fifth on an RBI-double down the left field line from Blaise Salter that scored Pickens.
The insurance runs came in the sixth inning on a pair of hits. Anthony Cheky singled to lead things off and later scored on a two-RBI double by Hovis. Richardson followed that with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Kevin Goergen,
Eastern Added one more in the sixth and one in the ninth but couldn't manage anything else off of Popp.
Next up, the Spartans will travel to take on Iowa this weekend. The first game of the three-game set is Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET.