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Baseball's loss to Western Michigan extends losing streak to six games

March 28, 2018
Head coach Jake Boss Jr. argues with the umpire during the game against Central Michigan on March 21, 2018 at McLane Baseball Stadium. The Spartans fell to the Chippewas, 3-1. (C.J. Weiss | The State News)
Head coach Jake Boss Jr. argues with the umpire during the game against Central Michigan on March 21, 2018 at McLane Baseball Stadium. The Spartans fell to the Chippewas, 3-1. (C.J. Weiss | The State News) —

A disastrous second inning by the Spartans ultimately lead to the team’s loss Wednesday afternoon against Western Michigan University.

MSU extends its losing streak to six games after falling to the Broncos, 6-1, allowing all six runs in the second inning. The Spartans now fall to 6-17 on the season with no signs of hope anytime soon.

“When you get behind in the count it really simplifies the game for the offense,” head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “At that point (Gonzalez) almost defensive on the mound. You know we walked a couple of guys later on in the second inning and it kind of just snowballed from there.”

Senior pitcher Andrew Gonzalez pitched only 1 and 2/3's innings before being pulled out in the second. Gonzalez gave up six runs and four hits all in the second and only finished with one strikeout. Gonzalez drops to 0-1 on the season.

The Spartans kept it quiet for the rest of the game only allowing three hits and zero runs. Both teams finished with seven hits each, however the Spartans gave up five crucial walks that would eventually lead be there ultimate downfall.

“We did not score runs, so I’m just trying to do different things to kick start the offense,” Boss said. “To sit back and run the same guys out there in the same place is not very smart. So we’re trying to do something to be better and so obviously it didn’t work today and we’ll try something else on Friday.”

Redshirt senior designated hitter Chad Roskelly singled to right center in the bottom of the first that would send home redshirt junior right fielder Dan Chmielewski home, which were the Spartans only points on the afternoon.

MSU will continue its 12-game homestand this Friday when they face Rutgers at 3:05 p.m.

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