MSU salvaged a win in the final game of a disappointing three-game series against Iowa, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon.
MSU fell out of contention for the Big Ten Tournament this weekend after dropping the first two games of the series, falling to seventh in Big Ten standings. The top six in the conference advance to the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis set for May 22-25.
The Spartans (29-16 overall, 10-8 Big Ten) jumped on the Hawkeyes (19-27 overall, 7-14 Big Ten) early in the top of the third, scoring three runs on three hits and a walk. Sophomore designated-hitter Blaise Salter singled to left field for a two-run RBI, bringing in freshman left fielder Cam Gibson and freshman third baseman Justin Hovis. Sophomore right fielder Jimmy Pickens scored on the same play on a throwing error from left field.
However, Iowa capitalized off sophomore right-hander Mick VanVossen, who hit the batter that advanced to third on a throwing error and a failed pick off attempt. No. 9 hitter, Nick Day, grounded out to sophomore shortstop Ryan Richardson, bringing the unearned run in from third.
The Spartans added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Gibson hit a single through the right side and stole second to get into scoring position. Gibson scored on an error by the shortstop to take a 4-1 lead over Iowa.
VanVossen earned his fourth win, allowing four hits and no earned-runs in 7 1/3 innings pitched. He also had three strikeouts, two walks and three hit batters.
Alleman earned his sixth save of the year, striking out two in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
The Spartans travel to Central Michigan Tuesday for a doubleheader. The first game will continue the Clash at Comerica, which was postponed due to rain April 17 and will resume in the bottom of the fifth inning at 1 p.m. The second game follows at 3:05 p.m.