April 19, 2017
Box Score | PDF Box : MSU 13, TOL 7
In MIchigan State's return to Secchia Stadium after a 17-day absence due to flooding, the Spartans took a 13-7 win over Toledo on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. MSU is now 5-0 at home this season.
Ebonee Echols had her first career two-double game (her sixth and seventh of the season) and Kaitlyn Eveland had went 4-for-4 with five RBI to help the Spartans (22-17) snap a five-game skid. Jordan Watson tossed her first career complete game, , surrendering nine hits and strking out three in improving to 6-3 on the year.
MSU had four players attain career bests - in addition to Echols, Eveland established new career highs in hits (4) and RBI (5), Kelly Zackrison had a career-best three hits, and redshirt junior Lindsey Besson was hit three times in the batter's box, tying the school record set by Sandy Lewis on March 2, 2002 by North Carolina. She was hit three times by three different Toledo pitchers.
The Spartans are back in action this weekend in East Lansing, hosting Ohio State in a three-game Big Ten series that begins on Friday at Secchia Stadium at 4 pm.
Ebonee Echols belted two doubles, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Kaitlyn Eveland went 4- for 4 with five RBI, which included a two-run homer in the second inning and a double.
Kelly Zackrison and McKenzie Long had three hits each, with Long also adding three RBI.
"i really thought our team was in a pretty good place, despite having some pretty disappointing outcomes in recent games. Having Jordan Watson pitch a complete game was a great effort for her, and it helps in a situation like we're facing with five games this week. It was fantastic to be back home, and I cannot thank Amy Fouty and her group enough for their tireless work to get Secchia Stadium back into playing condition. Hopefully this sets us into a good mindframe as we head into our series with Ohio State here on Friday." "
-- Head Coach Jacquise Joseph
STATS AND STORYLINES
After Jordan Watson struck out two in the top of the first inning, the Spartan bats got going immediately in the bottom of the frame. Echols hit a one-out double to center, and McKenzie Long reached on an error and moved to second, advancing Echols to third. Toledo pitcher Leah Allison walked Kaitlyn Eveland to load the bases, and Sarah Gutknecht brought home Echols on a sac fly for a 1-0 lead.
A pair of singles and hit by pitch loaded the bases for MSU in the bottom of the second, bringing the top of the lineup to the plate. Allison retired Foerster and Echols, but Long stepped in and tripled to the corner in right field to empty the bases for a 4-0 Spartan lead. Kaitlyn Eveland followed her to the plate, and hit a first-pitch homer over the wall in left to make it 6-0 MSU. After Allison walked Gutknecht, the Rockets made a pitching change - new pitcher Alissa Noble hit Kelcey Carrasco, then gave up an RBI single to Kelly Zackrison to make it a 7-0 game.
The Rockets put together a rally in the top of the third. A leadoff double by Ashley Maynard was the first hit of the game for Toledo, and a single up the middle by Megan Choate brought her home to put the first run on the board for the Rockets. Two more base hits brought home a second run, and a hit batter loaded the bases - all with no outs. A ground ball to third allowed Eveland to throw home to get the forceout and save a run. A ground ball to first brought home the third run for Toledo, but with two outs, Watson got Katie Cozy to fly out to left to end the inning.
Ebonee Echols got things going for MSU with a one-out double to center - her second double of the day - and moved to third on an infield single by Long. Eveland singled to center to plate Echols, and then the Spartans put on the double steal, with Eveland safe at second and Long coming home for a 9-3 advantage. Kelcey Carrasco swung on the first pitch and sent it back up the middle, bringing home Eveland from second. Noble got Zackrison to pop out in foul territory to end the stretch of four straight hits for the Spartans, and also end the inning.
Toledo posted three runs in the top of the ffourth to trim the MSU lead to 10-6. With one on and one out, an error allowed Maynard to score and kept the inning going, followed by a two-run homer by Chandler Rice. .
Eveland's RBI double in the fifth made it 11-6 in favor of the home team, and was her third hit of the day, Kelcey Carrasco moved her to third on a single to left, and after a bunt single by Zackrison to load the bases, a sac bunt by Lindsey Besson brought home Eveland from third.
A late rally for the Rockets in the top of the seventh pushed a final run across. A sac fly by Samantha Golden brought home a seventh and final run.
Kaitlyn Eveland had career highs in hits (4) and RBI (5) Four hits is the second-most in a game all-time at MSU, and tied McKenzie Long (v. North Dakota, Feb. 18) for the team's season high. Her five RBI is third-most in a game at MSU and second for MSU this season, behind Ebonee Echols' six vs. North Dakota in the same game.
Kelly Zackrison's three hits on the day were a career high for the sophomore.