Big rally breaks 8th inning tie for Spartans in 9-3 win against Eastern
Taking a brief mid-week road trip before returning home this weekend to face Michigan, the MSU baseball team defeated Eastern Michigan, 9-3, Wednesday in Ypsilanti, Mich.
With the game tied 2-2 in the eighth inning, the Spartans (17-8 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) exploded for seven runs on five hits to break the game open and put it out of reach from the Eagles (12-15, 2-4 Mid-American Conference). Led by sophomore shortstop Ryan Richardson and senior outfielder Jordan Keur, the Spartans scattered 12 hits on the afternoon in the winning effort.
Freshman infielder P.J. Nowak singled through the right side of the infield in the top of the second inning to score sophomore center fielder Anthony Cheky, who reached base on a fielder’s choice.
The Eagles charged back for two runs in the bottom of the inning on the strength of a two-run home run by catcher Tony Dileo.
The Spartans tacked on the tying run in the top of the third on a Keur single, which scored freshman designated hitter Cam Gibson.
Junior Mike Theodore got the start for the Spartans and was pulled from the game after allowing two runs on six hitsthrough four innings of work. From there, the Spartan bullpen went to work and saw solid innings out of freshman Anthony Misiewicz, sophomore Mike Mestdagh and senior Joe Zwierzynski.
Zwierzynski threw a scoreless ninth to shut down the Eagles and seal the win on the road — the seventh-consecutive victory for the Spartans.
The Spartans return home for a 3:05 p.m. game Friday against the Wolverines at McLane Baseball Stadium at Old College Field.