March 4, 2018
Box Score | PDF Box: Cal Poly 4, MSU 3 (8)
Michigan State fell to Cal Poly, 4-3 in eight innings on Sunday afternoon in the Spartans' second game of the Judi Garman Classic at Cal State Fullerton.
An error in the bottom of the eighth inning by the Spartans allowed the winning run to score from second base. MSU had rallied from 2-0 and 2-1 deficits, getting a solo home run from Joanna Bartz in the fifth and a two-run shot by Lea Foerster in the top of the seventh inning to take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Mustangs scored single runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings to score the win.
Kristina Zalewski started the game and went five innings, striking out three and allowing two earned runs. Jordan Watson came on in relief and threw the sixth and seventh innings, allowing the earned run in the bottom of the seventh. Bridgette Rainey took the loss (4-3) facing just two batters in the bottom of the eighth.
MSU plays the final game of the tournament, taking on host Cal State Fullerton in the finale.
Lea Foerster went 2-for-3, with a walk and two RBI.
Joanna Bartz's fifth-inning homer was also her first collegiate hit.
STATS AND STORYLINES
Lea Foerster recorded the first hit for the Spartans in the third inning, but Amanda Sandoval recorded the first for the Mustangs in the bottom of the third - she sent a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left field for a 1-0 Cal Poly lead. Chelsea Convissar followed with a well-hit ball to left that a leaping Ebonee Echols hauled in, and Noallah Ramos followed with a well-hit ball to right that was caught by McKenzie Long.
Michigan State looked to rally in the top of the fourth. Kaitlyn Eveland walked and went to second on a single by Caitie Ladd, and McKenzie Long followed with a single up the middle. Eveland was gunned down at the plate on an impressive throw from the center fielder, and Davis went down on strikes to end the Spartan threat.
Crimson Kaiser led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run to right center on the first pitch she faced to double the Mustang lead.
Joanna Bartz came on as a pinch hitter to lead off the fifth, and she jacked a 2-2 pitch over the left-field wall for a homer. It was her first collegiate hit.
Katie Quinlan came on as a pinch hitter to lead off the seventh inning, and singled down the left field line. Melanie Baccay laid down a sac bunt to move her to second, and Lea Foerster followed with a shot to center that turned the 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 MSU advantage.
The Mustangs tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. A leadoff single by Amanda Sandoval was followed by a pair of fly ball outs, but Stephanie Heyward kept the inning alive with an RBI double to center, scoring Sandoval for the tying run.
The teams opted to use the International Tiebreaker rule in the extra frame. Summer Callahan started the inning on second base, and was sacrificed over to third by Caitie Ladd, but the Spartans couldn't get her home.
MSU brought in Bridgette Rainey for the eighth inning, with Jackie Napoli starting on second. Rainey walked Kaiser at the conclusion of an 11-pitch at-bat to put a pair on for the Mustangs. Megan Nordin came up next, and a sac bunt attempt was thrown away at first, allowing Napoli to come around and score the winning run from second.
The Spartans lost their second extra-inning game of the season. MSU also dropped a 4-3 decision to Georgetown in nine innings earlier this season.
MSU had its seven-game winning streak snapped with today's extra-inning loss.