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Baseball falls to Michigan 4-0, plays again Saturday in East Lansing

April 6, 2012

After taking two out of three against Ohio State last weekend to open up Big Ten play, the MSU baseball fell to in-state rival Michigan 4-0 in the weekend opener on Friday in Ann Arbor.

Senior pitcher Tony Bucciferro took the loss for the Spartans (18-9 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) and his record on the year falls to 3-2. Bucciferro threw 7.6 innings against the Wolverines (14-16,1-3), surrendering seven hits and striking out seven in the losing effort.

A night after stranding nine runners on base in the 7-0 exhibition loss against the Class-A Minor League Lansing Lugnuts in the Crosstown Showdown in Lansing, the Spartans once again struggled to generate scoring offense.

Despite the nine hits — including a pair each by junior third baseman Torsten Boss and junior designated hitter Tony Wieber — the Spartans left nine runners on base and couldn’t match the consistent U-M attack at the plate.

The Spartans will look to get the offense rolling in game two on Saturday for the 1:05 p.m. matchup with the Wolverines at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field.

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