Sept. 19, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State baseball team defeated Notre Dame, 4-2, in a seven-inning scrimmage Saturday (Sept. 18) afternoon at McLane Stadium.
Trevor Cousineau got the scoring started for the Spartans in the bottom of the third with a long solo blast over the right-field fence. Cousineau also collected an infield single in the seventh and went 2-for-3 on the day.
Center fielder Brandon Eckerle added an RBI single up in the middle later in the third to give MSU a 2-0 advantage.
The Irish tied the game with two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but MSU responded with solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Andrew Rademacher drove in Grant Newsome with a single in the sixth, while Jeff Kinley knocked in Jordan Keur with a single in the seventh. Keur was the other Spartan with two hits as he went 2-for-3.
MSU used seven pitchers on the afternoon, all of them tossing one inning. Kurt Wunderlich started the game and struck out two in the first before a thunderstorm delayed play for about an hour. Tony Bucciferro and Trey Popp also fanned two batters apiece in their one inning of work.
"It was a fun game," said MSU head coach Jake Boss. "Obviously it's a fun game when you can win, even though it's just a scrimmage. Our guys go out and compete and we always want to try and win. I think from a baseball standpoint, looking at the team picture, it was a good day because we got everybody in that we needed to get in. Everybody got some at-bats and we saw a lot of young guys have some success."