Brandon Doherty only needed a few pitches.
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Brandon Doherty only needed a few pitches.
The Spartans dropped the opener of Monday's doubleheader against Purdue, 1-0 their second one-run loss in the conference then blanked the Boilermakers, 3-0, in the back end to take the series at Kobs Field and improve to 13-10 overall, 5-2 in the Big Ten.
So cold that junior second baseman Steve Gerstenberger wore four layers of Under Armour under his jersey to fight the game-time wind chill of 23 degrees.
He leads the Big Ten with a paper-thin 1.29 ERA. In 35 innings pitched, he has more strikeouts (31) than hits and walks combined (29).
Dwan threw seven scoreless innings in MSU's 6-1 win, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three. He improved his record to 2-2 and dropped his ERA to 2.90, which ranks ninth in the Big Ten.
The MSU baseball team will face the Lansing Lugnuts, a Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, at 6:05 p.m. in what's being billed as the "Crosstown Showdown." The exhibition game is the Lugnuts' first ever against a collegiate team and will be played on their home field, Oldsmobile Park, 505 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing.
The Spartans (11-9 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) dropped only the opener, in which they outhit the Hoosiers, 15-5, but managed only one run in a 2-1 defeat. Senior Craig Brookes allowed three base runners through eight innings, but took the loss after surrendering a run with one out in the ninth.
Junior center fielder Dennis Jones went 2-for-4 in Saturday's win, including a two-run single in the seventh that put MSU up for good. Jones also had four of MSU's seven stolen bases. Concordia was caught stealing in its only attempt.
Senior pitcher John Dwan got the win, recording four strikeouts while only allowing three hits and one run.
Tickets for the event are $25 for children and students, $30 for MSU baseball alumni and $50 for the general public.
Bishop: The Tigers have been nearly unstoppable lately. They have lit up some great pitchers during the playoffs. Placido Polanco has been straight cash, while Magglio Ordoñez has decided to make his presence felt, so that's nice. And then you have Curtis Granderson doing his thing, and then whichever DH Jim Leyland pulls out of his Hat O' Magic is doing quite nicely.
MSU and Western Michigan's game at 5:30 p.m. today will be the Spartans' first trip to Fifth Third Ballpark in program history. The park, home to the Detroit Tigers' Class-A affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps, is located in Comstock Park, which is less than 10 miles north of Grand Rapids.
The Spartans' .944 fielding percentage was the worst in the Big Ten. They surrendered 361 runs, easily the most in the conference. And thanks to a conference-worst 110 errors, more than a quarter of those runs were unearned.
The Eagles are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak. and are in a first-place tie in the MAC West Division with Ball State. MSU then travels for a four-game series at Purdue.
Day, who leads the Big Ten in walks with 17, gets time at catcher and left field. He's also among the top 10 leaders in batting average (.382), on base percentage (.495), runs (24) and slugging percentage (.553).
The senior third baseman's 10th-inning walk-off double had just scored junior catcher Sean Walker to give MSU a 9-8 win against Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Oldsmobile Park.
Lakers pitcher Grant Payton steps on the mound, then glances over his shoulder at MSU junior shortstop Troy Krider, who's on first base after leading off the inning with a line-drive single to right.
Only six of MSU's 17 hits went for extra bases, but the Spartans efficiently moved runners around the basepaths all afternoon, pounding Grand Valley State, 14-5.
The Spartans are coming off a 7-5 loss to Ohio last Sunday. MSU is 6-8 on the year. Junior infielder Troy Krider leads MSU with a .370 batting average and 20 hits. MSU has five other players hitting more than .300 this season.
The Boston Red Sox knew they were going to have a shot at the playoffs; they just didn't know whether it would come after Sunday or after a one-game playoff against the Cleveland Indians today.