Spartans Take Two from Hoosiers
March 31, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Michigan State snapped Indiana's seven-game winning streak by taking both ends of a doubleheader at Sembower Field. The Spartans opened the day with a 6-2 victory and followed up with a 12-6 triumph to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The two squads will face off again on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT.
In the opener, Michigan State got on the board first with a solo homer in the top of the fourth by top hitter Steve Gerstenberger. But Hoosier hurler Matt Bashore bounced back in the inning by striking out the next three batters to head to the bottom of the fourth down 1-0. MSU then fought back with a pair of runs in the fifth with two hits and a walk to extend its lead to 3-0.
Indiana trimmed the deficit to two in the bottom of the fifth after Chris Hervey was hit by a pitch after the first two Hoosiers were retired. Hervey moved to second on a balk by Jon Kibler. Keith Haas followed by dribbling a ball to deep short, and the senior beat the throw to first. Meanwhile, Hervey never stopped on the play and came around from second to score on the infield single.
The Hoosiers added another solo run in the bottom of the sixth, again getting things going with two outs. Tyler Cox started things by ripping a single to right to bring Andrew Means to the plate. Means looped a single into shallow right field to advance Cox to third, but right fielder Chris Roberts missed his cutoff man on the throw in, and the ball was mishandled by third baseman Justin Potes. Cox alertly scampered home on the play to make it 3-2.
But the Spartans added three more runs on three hits in the top of the seventh on a three-run homer to left field by Dennis Jones. Bashore fell to 3-2, giving up seven hits and two walks in seven innings, surrendering six runs and striking out five. Kibler moved to 2-2 by allowing one earned run on eight hits for MSU.
In game two, the Spartans scored seven runs in the first and never trailed in the 12-6 victory. The Hoosiers scored five times in the bottom of the third to get as close as 7-6, but MSU scored five of its own in the top of the sixth to ice the victory. Haas posted three singles in the loss, while Danny Rosenbaum pitched five solid innings of relief, allowing just three runs.
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