Indiana Swept at Michigan State

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    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.

    ndiana pushed across a third run in the fifth. Joe Kemp reached on an error by the Spartan first baseman, and Heckman moved over to third base on Heckman's base hit to right. Mahar's sacrifice fly to right plated Kemp.

    n the sixth, the Spartans scored their first run of the game when Troy Krider scored on Gulick's sacrifice fly ball to the wall in center. The Hoosiers had just recorded the third out of the sixth inning, an appeal play at second when Morris failed to tag up before he advanced to third, when lightning was seen in the area. The game was called for the night and the final inning was set to be finished today.

    Michigan State replaced starter Clay Kovac with Dan Noble to begin the top of the seventh. Noble retired the first two he faced before Heckman singled to left. Mahar's ground ball to second saw Heckman out at second to end the inning.

    U put freshman Doug Fleenor on the mound in the bottom of the seventh. James Moreno led off with a base hit to left-center. After getting Sean Walker to pop out, Fleenor walked David Miller and Ryan Basham to load the bases. Alan Cattrysee doubled to left-center to score Moreno and Miller and tie the game at three. Brian Lortz came in to relieve Fleenor, but Troy Krider dropped a single into right field to bring home Basham for the game-winning run.

    Sophomore Josh Lewis started the game and pitched six hitless innings on Sunday. Lewis walked four and struck out three in the no-decision. Fleenor took the loss for the Hoosiers and fell to 0-2. Dan Noble got the win for the Spartans and moved to 1-0.

    The Hoosiers return to action at 3 p.m. Wednesday when they travel north to take on Valparaiso.




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