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MSU baseball swept by Purdue in three-game series, extends losing streak to five games

April 15, 2024
<p>MSU pitcher Andrew Carson balances on one leg after throwing a pitch at McLane Baseball Stadium on Friday, April 14, 2023. Carson recorded a 3.67 ERA against the Leathernecks.</p>

MSU pitcher Andrew Carson balances on one leg after throwing a pitch at McLane Baseball Stadium on Friday, April 14, 2023. Carson recorded a 3.67 ERA against the Leathernecks.

Michigan State baseball headed to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on the Purdue Boilermakers in a three-game series, and the Spartans lost all three games, extending their losing streak to five games. 

The Spartans were looking to rebound in a Big Ten away series against the Boilermakers – a team that came into the series at 20-13 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten – while the Spartans were just 14-16 overall and 3-3 in conference play. The series did not go as planned for Michigan State as the team lost 7-2, 14-0 and 21-1. 

Game One

Left-handed pitcher Joseph Dzierwa got the start on the mound for Michigan State, and opposite of him was Purdue’s Jordan Morales.

Neither team had any offensive momentum until the bottom of the second inning when a Purdue single brought in a run. Then, in the bottom of the third, Dzierwa let up a two-run home run to infielder Jo Stevens and a solo home run to outfielder/first baseman Keenan Spence, making the score 4-0 in favor of Purdue.

In the top of the fifth inning, outfielder Greg Ziegler was able to bring in a run for the Spartans, putting them on the scoreboard. However, the momentum was short-lived, as the Spartans couldn't garner any more hits.

For Purdue, the bottom of the fifth inning was a lot like the fourth: the Boilermakers scored another three runs. Three doubles, a walk and a sacrifice groundout later, Purdue was up 7-1 and it was looking harder for Michigan State to come back from the deficit.

The MSU offense came out firing in the top of the sixth inning as outfielder Jack Frank hit a double to left center to start the inning. Following shortly after, infielder Ryan McKay singled and brought Frank to third base. Nick Williams hit a sacrifice fly ball to bring in Frank, bringing the score to 7-2. However, the Spartans couldn't score any more after that. 

The Spartans went down in order in the top of the ninth to end the game, the final score being 7-2 in favor of Purdue.

Game Two

In the second game of the series, Nick Powers was the starting pitcher for Michigan State as Luke Wagner took the mound for Purdue.

Michigan State's offense was inconsistent and was completely dominated by Purdue's pitching and defense; the Spartans finished with only five hits the entire game and left four players on base. 

Purdue's offense, on the other hand, was too much for Michigan State; Purdue tallied up 14 hits and scored 14 runs, scoring in over half of the innings they batted in.

In the bottom of the first inning, Purdue hit a single that brought in three runs. In the bottom of the second, they scored a home run and hit two doubles, making the score 6-0 very early on. In the third, a couple singles and sacrifice hits led to Purdue making the game 9-0 in the first three innings of the game.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, three hits led to three runs: the Boilermakers were now up 12-0. And in the bottom of the seventh inning, Purdue hit a double that brought in two runs, ultimately making the score 14-0. 

Michigan State wasn't able to get a run – and only got one hit – in the ninth inning, falling to Purdue 14-0.

Game Three

Right-hander Nick Ferazzi took to the mound for MSU and squared off against left-hander Jonathan Blackwell for the Boilermakers.

Though Michigan State tallied up eight hits in the game, the team was only able to score one run and left six players on base. Purdue, on the other hand, scored 21 runs and finished with 22 hits, marking a complete domination of the third game of the series, and the series overall.

By the end of the seventh inning and 14 singles, four doubles, two home runs and a few wild pitches later, the Boilermakers were up 15-0; Purdue was in complete control of the game. 

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In the top of the eighth inning Michigan State was able to get a single, bringing in a run. The Spartans were finally on the scoreboard.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Purdue hit a three-run home run and then got more players on base after a couple hit-by-pitches, walks and sacrifice hits. Purdue was now up 21-1. 

Michigan State was not able to score any runs in the top of the ninth inning, completing the 21-1 loss to Purdue and series sweep to the Boilermakers. 

Looking ahead, Michigan State will be playing Western Michigan on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:05 p.m. at Jackson Field in Lansing, Michigan. 

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