Rain Showers Postpone Saturday's Baseball Game
Spartans and Hawkeyes will resume game on Sunday at 12:05 p.m.
April 3, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Saturday's Michigan State-Iowa baseball game was halted after the seventh inning due to heavy rain showers. The two teams will complete the game on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. prior to playing the final game of the series thereafter. Michigan State led, 16-2, after the seventh inning.
After struggling to score runs in Friday's game, the Spartans broke loose early on Saturday with five runs in the second inning with the help of two Hawkeye errors. Jeff Holm led off the inning by reaching on an error by Iowa second baseman Mike McQuillan and Ryan Jones then followed with a single. Two batters later, Iowa first baseman Phil Keppler misplayed a ball hit by Torsten Boss, allowing Holm to score the first run of the game.
The Spartans widened their lead to 9-0 with four more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jones drove in a run with double and then Chris Roberts followed with his team-leading fourth home run of the year. Torsten Boss made it back-to-back long balls with his first collegiate home run to make the score 9-0.
With MSU leading 9-2 in the sixth inning, the Spartans blew the game open, scoring seven more runs for commanding 16-2 lead. Jordan Keur became the second Spartan to hit hits first career home run, as he took Iowa reliever Patrick Schatz deep over the left field wall to start the inning. Three consecutive singles then loaded the bases for Jeff Holm who drove in two runs with a base hit through the right side. Again MSU loaded the bases with two more base hits and Boss cleared them with a three-RBI double.
Spartan starting pitcher Kurt Wunderlich allowed nine hits, struck out three and didn't issue a walk through seven innings.
Iowa starter Zach Kenyon went five complete innings, allowing 12 runs, seven earned, off 11 hits.