The Michigan State baseball team finished the tough series against the Illinois Illini on a high note, winning the third game to win the series. The 26-14 Spartans, 9-6 in Big Ten Play, are playing well in this last half of the season, eyeing the Big Ten Tournament which commences at the end of this month.
Down three nothing after the first, the Spartan offense came back to tie it up with two runs in the third, and another in the fourth inning. Cam Gibson and Kevin Goegen both notched two hits, while Ryan Richardson led with two RBIs. Blaise Salter added another RBI while hitting 1-4.
Relieving Garner in the seventh inning was Anthony Misiewicz. He pitched for only 1-3 an inning, walking two batters. Justin Alleman came in and gave up four hits, two walks, and gave up the last four runs to Illinois in the eighth inning. Spartans lost 7-3.
With the series tied at one win, the Spartans came out looking to finish the weekend with a win. Mick VanVossen started on the mound for Michigan State, and pitched a solid game. Going seven innings, VanVossen struck out three while giving up nine hits, and earning three runs.
Going into the bottom of the eighth inning, Michigan State was down 3-1. Anthony Cheky singled to right field, followed by Jimmy Pickens being walked, leaving Joel Fisher at bat with two on and two out. In a clutch late-game moment, Fisher hit his fifth home to put the Spartans in the lead.
Misiewicz came in to relieve VanVossen and pitched great for the last two innings, striking out three, giving up zero hits, and earning the win. Michigan State won 4-3 to take their last home weekend series.
"I'm proud of them for not panicking when it wasn't going well and not getting too frustrated," Michigan State coach Jake Boss said. "They really stayed the course and did a nice job playing a complete nine innings. It was a good win today."
Next the Spartans will look to the game against Western Michigan University on Tuesday, away in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Following that, they will host Eastern Michigan University on Wednesday for their final home game.
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