Rain suspends MSU baseball at Comerica
DETROIT — It had the makings of a special evening at Comerica Park.
But as has been the case multiple times this season for the MSU baseball team, the weather just wouldn’t cooperate.
Heavy rain and continuous lightning for more than an hour delayed play with the Spartans leading Central Michigan, 1-0, in the third annual Clash at Comerica in Detroit.
The game is suspended until May 14 and will pick up in the bottom of the fifth inning in a partial double-header in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The rainout marks the sixth game cancelled or postponed for the Spartans this season, but it might have come at the right time for the team, according to MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr.
“It’s tough but in the grand scheme of things, maybe it helps us because we used a lot of pitching (Tuesday),” Boss said. “Maybe it saves the bullpen from getting extra work today and keeps everybody fresh for Friday.
“If you’re looking for a silver lining, maybe that’s it.”
The Spartans took the lead in the third inning starting with a leadoff single by sophomore designated hitter Blaise Salter.
As Salter moved around to third base, freshman outfielder Cam Gibson hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield to score Salter.
Salter and freshman second baseman P.J. Nowak had MSU’s lone hits on the evening.
“It’s a bummer, but it was a great experience getting out here,” sophomore outfielder Jimmy Pickens said. “It was fun getting out and seeing everything where the Tigers play. It’s a childhood dream to get out here at Comerica Park. … We’re gonna pick it back up when we play them, so hopefully it’ll be a good finish to the game and play another good game later.”
MSU junior starting pitcher Mike Theodore was strong through four innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out two. He would have been in line for the victory.
MSU will get back to Big Ten play when they travel to Minneapolis this weekend for a three-game series with Minnesota.