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MSU baseball makes huge comeback in 6th inning, wins 7-6 in battle with Minnesota

April 3, 2021

It was the top of the sixth inning, the bases were loaded and sophomore Zaid Walker was up to bat.

Crack.

The hit brought senior Joe Stewart into home, advanced junior Zach Iverson to second and allowed Walker himself to steal first. Tensions were on the rise.

However, they were down 2-5 with 0 outs on the board, so there was still a chance to make it right.

Crack.

The ball popped off the bat and MSU was about to be back in the game.

Freshman Mitch Jebb doubled to left center field and put it into hyperdrive for second base, meanwhile bringing in Walker and Iverson.

The score was now 4-5, Jebb had advanced to third base on an error and two players had struck out. They were walking a thin line.

Freshman Trent Farquhar was next at-bat. All he had to do was crack one last ball, as far as the eye could see, and the game would be tied. He inhaled, puffed out his chest and set the bat on his shoulder. It was a swing and...

Crack.

He had doubled to right center field, finally bringing home Jebb and advancing redshirt freshman Gabe Sotres to third base.

The score was tied and the Spartans, as late in the game as it might've been, were on a comeback.

Minnesota failed to answer to the tie until the seventh inning, when junior Zack Raabe scored on a hit from junior Chase Stanke and pulled them ahead.

They were quickly shutout, however, by another run from Farquhar – he had walked to first, then been advanced to second on an error by the pitcher and then, after a failed pickoff attempt, advanced to third. He eventually made it home after senior Bryce Kelley fouled out to left field.

Another tie.

The final score, 7-6, was cemented shortly thereafter, in the top of the ninth inning when Walker scored on a fielder's choice from Jack Frank. The Spartans had changed their 1-5 deficit into a 5-1 run by the end.

"It was sloppy, but we made some plays when we had too," head coach Jake Boss Jr. said post game. "(For the rest of the weekend), we need to play cleaner baseball, we need to play better defense, we need to execute some things on the bases where, when we have opportunities. All-in-all, I feel like we got away with one today, but we'll take it. When you can find a way to win when you don't play well it's a good sign."

The Spartans, now 8-8 overall, will play the Gophers again on Saturday and Sunday, both games scheduled to start at 2 p.m., as part of a three-game on-the-road weekend series.

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