The Michigan State baseball team extends their winning streak to four, as they finished up a three-game series against the Northwestern Wildcats this weekend. They capped off the weekend with a 15-3 blowout on Sunday against their conference foe and look to keep up the momentum as the season starts to wind down.
The Spartan offense came out hot in the first inning with three runs to open the scoring. Jimmy Pickens singled to right field, letting Cam Gibson score. Ryan Richardson scored the next RBI on a sacrifice bunt as he helped Blaise Salter reach home. Then in a double-error play by Northwestern, Pickens scored.
Five more runs came in the second inning for MSU as Cam Gibson singled to left but advanced to third base due to another Wildcat error. Richardson notched a single to left letting Anthony Cheky score. Pickens scored on a single from Joel Fisher. Then Ryan Krill hit a double into center field allowing Fisher and Richardson to score.
With a padded lead, starting pitcher for Michigan State, Cam Vieaux pitched a solid six innings. Out of 88 pitches, he allowed only five hits, and two earned runs and a walk. He also struck-out five Wildcat batters.
Joe Mockbee, Anthony Misiewicz and Jeff Kinley each pitched an inning in relief to finish the game. Between the three they allowed only five hits and the last Wildcat run earned by Misiewicz.
Vieaux earned the win and improved his season’s record to 6-3.
Jack Quigly took the loss as the Wildcat starting pitcher. He was in for 4.2 innings, allowing 11 hits, three walks, and earning seven of the 13 runs under his watch.
"It was a big weekend for us. I thought our guys really answered the bell after a tough series last weekend, so they deserve some credit," said Spartan coachJake Boss Jr. "I thought we got better as the weekend progressed and that's a good sign. We put together some big at-bats today and hit a lot of balls hard."
The Spartans improve to an overall record of 24-17, 8-7 in conference play. They will travel to Champaign, Illinois next weekend for a three game series against the Illinois Illini.
"Hopefully we can sustain our level of play going into next week," Boss said. "It's something that I think this team is capable of and it's a matter of doing it every day. It's easier said than done, but when we play up to our abilities, I think we have a chance to be a really good ball club."Tags: Anthony Cheky, Blaise Salter, Cam Gibson, Cam Vieaux, Illinois Illini, Jake Boss Jr., Joe Mockbee, Joel Fisher, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, Northwestern Wildcats, Ryan Krill, Ryan Richardson