Spartan baseball wins on senior day, squeezes into Big Ten tournament
MSU baseball is headed to the Big Ten tournament after defeating Ohio State 8-3 on Saturday.
“I’m proud of our guys,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said after the game. “We had to win today and didn't want to leave it up to anyone else, and we got it done.”
Justin Antoncic started off in the first inning with a RBI double, which put Danny Gleaves on base. In the second inning, MSU tacked on another run thanks to a wild pitch from OSU. An RBI single from Bryce Kelley made it 3-0. Antoncic added another run, putting MSU in the lead in two innings.
In the third inning, MSU’s Zack McGuire hit in two runs, making the score 6-0.
“Everybody is playing behind each other right now,” McGuire said. "We’re starting to play our best baseball right now.”
The early run support from the Spartans allowed senior pitcher Mike Mokma to settle in for the rest of the game. Mokma threw seven innings - a career high - while allowing just one earned run.
Senior reliever Jake Lowery entered the game in the eighth inning and closed out the final two innings of the game.
In addition to the win, it was also senior day for the team.
“A couple big days out of our seniors,” Boss Jr. said. “Mike Mokma was lights out today, just really proud of our guys for answering the bell today.”
MSU will be the No. 8 seed heading into the Big Ten tournament. They will face Minnesota, the No. 1 seed. The Spartans played a series at Minnesota just last week, where they won their series opener but lost the final two games.
“That’s as good of a team that we’ve played all year long,” Boss Jr. said, “I thought we played very, very well up there.”
MSU will begin their tournament run on Wednesday, May 23.
“They’ve given themselves a chance to win a championship,” Boss Jr. said. “Whether you're the first seed or the eighth seed, it doesn't matter because everybody is 0-0 now, and that’s the mindset we’re gonna take.”