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Michigan State Spartans Defeat Western Michigan Broncos in Tight Match, 5-4

May 7th, 2013 at 9:20 PM
By MacK Lester

Today the Michigan state baseball team traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan to take on the Western Michigan Broncos. Following a close match for much of the game, the Spartans were able to keep the lead and finish out the game, taking the 5-4 win. MSU is now posting a 27-14 record and their conference play still stands at 9-6.

'Mike Theodore_17' photo (c) 2012, Joel Dinda - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Michigan State took the lead in the top of the first. Cam Gibson was walked, followed by a single to left from Ryan Richardson. Jimmy Pickens hit into a double play, but notched the RBI when Gibson scored from third base.

Mike Theodore started on the mound for Michigan State, going six whole innings. He looked solid, giving up only three hits and a walk, while striking out two.

Pickens notched his second RBI in the sixth inning, when he sent Richardson home on a double to left-center.

In the seventh inning, Ryan Krill hit a double into left field. He then scored when Gibson hit a single into left, bringing the score to 3-0.

The Broncos finally got on the board in the seventh when Brandon Cable hit a double that sent Patrick Duncan home. Spartan relief pitcher Anthony Misiewicz earned the run.

After two more runs in the ninth inning, the Spartans held a steady 5-1 lead. The Broncos tried to put together a late-game comeback in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs off Justin Alleman. However the Spartans stopped the bleeding when catcher Joel Fisher caught a foul ball for the final out, giving the Spartans the win.

Michigan State’s next game will be tomorrow in East Lansing. They are hosting the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Game time is 3:05 pm Eastern Time. 

Tags: Cam Gibson, Jimmy Pickens, Joel Fisher, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, Mike Theodore, MSU, NCAA, Ryan Krill, Western Michigan

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