Indiana Swept at Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Indiana baseball team lost a pair of one-run games to Michigan State on the final day of a four-game series in East Lansing on Monday. The Spartans rallied in the final inning of both games to complete the sweep, winning the game that carried over from Sunday, 4-3, and taking the finale 6-5.
The Hoosiers fell to 23-25 overall and 7-17 in Big Ten play after losing their eighth straight game. Michigan State improved to 27-20 and 14-10 in conference games.
Game Four: Michigan State 6, Indiana 5
n the finale, MSU second baseman Oliver Wolcott delivered an RBI single to end the game and give the Spartans a 6-5 victory.
Michigan State scored in the bottom of the first. IU starting pitcher Chris Behrens walked Erik Morris and Oliver Wolcott to start the inning, and the Spartans executed a double-steal on a swinging third strike for Travis Gulick. Morris scored on a ground out by James Moreno.
ndiana tied the game in the third. Joe Kemp reached base and advanced to second on a dropped fly ball in center field by Alan Cattrysse. Kemp went to third on Corby Heckman's fly out, and then crossed home plate on Kevin Mahar's base hit into left.
The Spartans went back on top with four runs in the second after taking advantage of three Hoosier errors and collecting three hits.
n the sixth, Seth Bynum hit a solo home run to right-center for the Hoosiers.
n the seventh, Mahar drove a double to deep left field, and later scored on Cody Wargo's base hit to left-center to cut the Spartans' lead to two.
ndiana scored for the third straight inning in the eighth. Jay Brant went to first after being hit by a pitch, and Bynum reached on an error by the MSU third baseman. Heckman knocked in both runners with a double to deep left to tie the game at five.
Michigan State hit three straight singles to clinch the win.
Brian Lortz turned in a terrific relief performance, but ended up taking the loss. Lortz allowed just three hits in 6.2 innings of work. The only run he was responsible for was the game winner. Lortz struck out two and walked just one. Adam Pegg relieved Lortz in the ninth, and gave up the last two hits of the game.
Behrens pitched 1.2 innings, and gave up three hits and three walks while striking out two. The lefty was responsible for five runs, two of which were earned.
Mahar had two hits, scored once and drove in another run.
Game Three (Resumed from Sunday): Michigan State 4, Indiana 3
In Saturday's second game, the Hoosiers struck quickly, putting up two runs in the top of the first. Watson started the game by driving a base hit into left-center. Watson came around to score on Brant's double, and Bynum followed with a single to left. Heckman walked to load the bases and Mahar singled home Brant to give IU a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third, the game was delayed due to lightning and rain in the area. After an hour and forty-five minute delay, play resumed.
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