Spartans Surge Late to Seal Game Two
May 15, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull away for a 10-4 win over the Indiana baseball team on Saturday. Ryan Jones hit for the cycle for MSU, going 5-for-5 to lift the Spartans (32-16, 10-10 Big Ten) to the victory. Alex Dickerson hit his 22nd home run of the season for the Hoosiers (24-24, 9-11).
Michael Earley, Tyler Rogers and Blake Monar each had two hits for the Hoosiers in the loss, while Jeff Holm had a three-hit day, including a pair of doubles, for the Spartans. MSU spoiled a strong start from Jonny Hoffman, as the freshman surrendered just five hits and one walk with three runs coming across in a no-decision. Trey Popp came out of the bullpen to get the win, surrendering just one hit and one walk in his 1 1/3 innings.
The Spartans took a 5-3 lead into the eighth with Popp on the mound, and the Hoosiers were able to mount a two-out rally. Michael Basil started the inning with a single to center, and Micah Johnson followed with a walk to put two runners on for Indiana. Jerrud Sabourin then hit a hard grounder down the line, and Jeff Holm misplayed it, allowing Basil to score to trim the lead to 5-4. That brought Dickerson to the plate with the tying run on third, but the Big Ten triple crown candidate hit a hard groundout to second to end the inning.
The Spartans used two-out strength of their own in the bottom of the frame. With a man on first and two down, Jones ripped a ball down the right-field line and into the corner to seal his cycle with a double. The Hoosiers called on closer Chris Squires to try to keep the game a one-run deficit, but Torsten Boss got a single, Jonathan Roof was hit by a pitch and Holm doubled into the right-field corner to plate four runs and make it 9-4. MSU added a run later on an Alex Zerman wild pitch to result in the final score.
Early on, the Hoosiers held a lead, as Dickerson blasted a solo shot in the first inning for his 22nd of the season and the 36th of his career. He is now tied with Bill Mueller for sixth on the career list, and is now one behind Mueller for second on the single-season list. MSU countered with a Jones home run, the only blemish of the first four innings from Hoffman, that tied the score 1-1 in the third.
In the fourth, Indiana rallied for a pair of runs on three hits. Earley led off the frame with a single up the middle and then moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. Two batters later, Rogers ripped a single to left field to score Earley and make it 2-1 IU. Monar followed with a double off the wall in right, and then Swift plated run number three on an RBI groundout to give the Hoosiers a two-run lead.
MSU plated a run in the fifth, as Andy Johnson was hit with an errant 0-2 breaking ball, moved to second on a groundout, and came around to score when Jones singled through the left side to make it 3-2. Then in the sixth, Holm led off with a double and Chris Roberts followed with a ground-rule double, as the ball went under the wall in right off of Sabourin to tie the score. After a lineout for the first out, the Spartans dropped down a bunt single and then took the lead on a safety squeeze by Johnson to take a 4-3 lead. MSU added a run in the seventh on a double just inside the bag at third by Jonathan Roof to have a 5-3 edge.
The Hoosiers and Spartans will finish up the series with a 1 p.m. affair on Sunday. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Live audio and statistics will also be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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