May 16, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Michigan State baseball cruised to a 16-1 victory over Penn State on Thursday night at Medlar Park. The Spartans (32-16, 11-8 Big Ten) had 12 hits in the game and seven different Spartans notched at least one RBI. Senior right-hander Andrew Waszak earned his sixth win of the season and allowed six hits in seven innings.
The Nittany Lions committed five errors in the game, leading to a season-high in runs for Michigan State.
Jimmy Pickens led MSU and went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and two walks. Blaise Salter extended his hitting streak to seven games after going 3-for-6 with a double and three RBIs. Freshman Cam Gibson added two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored and fellow freshman Justin Hovis had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs.
Waszak tossed 98 pitches en route to his sixth win. He walked two and had four strikeouts.
The Spartans jumped on PSU freshman starter Nick Hedge early, scoring two runs in the first and six in the eighth. It would be the only two innings of work for the lefty as he was tagged with the loss.
MSU took an 11-0 lead after scoring three runs in the fourth inning off two hits and two PSU errors. Joel Fisher and Salter both scored on errors and Gibson hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Anthony Cheky.
The Nittany Lions only run came in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI-single from Zach Eli.
Hovis hit an RBI-single to right field and PSU reliever Geoff Boylston walked in a run to give MSU a 13-1 lead in the sixth. The Spartans poured three more runs on in the eighth on RBIs from Gibson, Salter and Ryan Krill.
The Spartans and Nittany Lions will play the second game of the three-game series tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. at Medlar Park. David Garner gets the start for MSU and he will go against Greg Welsh of Penn State.