MSU baseball swept by Maryland, drops fifth straight
MSU's losing streak now sits at five games after the Spartans were swept out of a three-game road set against the University of Maryland during the weekend.
The Spartans (20-16, 5-7 Big Ten) were outscored 24-6 through the entire weekend, but freshman outfielder Bryce Kelley shined, hitting 5-for-12 for the entire series out of MSU's leadoff spot. After the sweep, MSU drops into a tie for No. 9 in the conference standings.
Redshirt-junior lefty Alex Troop fell to 5-3 on the season was tacked for 11 runs as MSU fell 12-2 to open the series.
Troop's start lasted just 4.0 innings as the southpaw walked four and gave up 10 hits while striking out three. Maryland jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first and added another six runs in the second. Troop's day was done after he allowed three more in the fourth and was only charged with eight earned runs.
Senior catcher Matt Byars and junior Will Salter hit in MSU's only two runs, while Kelley went 2-for-4.
Maryland took an early lead against junior right-hander Andrew Gonzalez in game two to edge out MSU, 2-1. Gonzalez lasted 5.1 innings and gave up both runs in part of five hits and two walks to fall to 3-3.
Senior second baseman Dan Durkin knocked in MSU's only run of the game on a sacrifice fly to score Kelley in the seventh, but Maryland's bullpen held MSU hitless in the last two innings of play to secure Maryland's win.
Junior lefty Keegan Baar lost his first decision of the year on Sunday as MSU fell, 6-2. Baar was charged with three runs and had his start cut short after 1.1 innings of work.
Byars and Salter again combined for MSU's two RBIs. With the sweep, Maryland (28-11, 12-3 Big Ten) improves to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
MSU will welcome in the University of Toledo (14-26 overall) on Wednesday for its next midweek matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.