Oct. 20, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State baseball team concluded fall practice with the annual Green-White Series this past week at McLane Baseball Stadium. In a best-of-three series, the White defeated the Green, two games to one.
In game one, the White jumped out to a 1-0 series advantage with an 8-1 victory over the Green. Andrew Waszak picked up the victory after firing three innings of two-hit ball with three strikeouts, while Ryan Martin threw two scoreless innings of relief and Trevor Cousineau also provided one scoreless inning. Martin fanned five in five innings of action during the series and posted a 1.80 ERA.
At the plate, Tony Wieber led the way with three hits - including a single, double and triple - and had three RBIs and two runs scored. In addition, Jimmy Pickens hit a two-run homer in the first.
The Green's only run came on a Torsten Boss solo homer.
The Green bounced back with an 11-6 win in game two. Bryce Jenney got the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 shutout innings and only allowing one hit. Offensively, Tony Cheky, who was 5-for-12 (.417) in the series, had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Andrew Mulato, Kevin Goergen, Chase Toth and John Martinez each delivered two hits for the Green.
For the White, Justin Scanlon, Jared Hook, Jimmy Pickens and Michael Ferry all had two hits. On the mound, Mike Mestdagh pitched two scoreless innings, while Cousineau, Simpson and Wieber also threw scoreless innings in relief.
Following game two on Sunday, the 2011 Big Ten Champions received their championship rings in a post-game ceremony on the field. The entire 2011 team and coaching staff were in attendance for the ceremony, along with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.
The series came down to game three on Tuesday, and the White held off the Green, 5-2, to claim the series victory. Jordan Keur scored two runs and Scanlon had two hits, including a double and a stolen base, to lead the White. Tim Simpson hurled three shutout innings to earn the win, while Wieber got the save with three strikeouts during his two scoreless innings.
Boss had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base for the Green. The junior third baseman finished the series with a .455 batting average (5-for-11) and had four RBIs. On the mound, Mick Van Vossen led the Green in game three with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
The offensive leaders in the series for the White were Scanlon (5-for-11), Wieber (4-for-10, four RBIs) and Pickens (4-for-11, three doubles, six RBIs).
Michigan State begins the 2012 season with the Big Ten/Big East Challenge Feb. 17-19. Opening Day is set for Friday, Feb. 17 against St. John's in Dunedin, Fla., at 4 p.m.