Michigan State fell to 23-18 on the season and 7-9 in the Big Ten when they fell tonight to Iowa in game one of a three game, three day series. Our buddy Zach Fisher has all of the details.
MSU Suffers 3-2 Loss To Iowa Friday In Series Opener
Spartans fall to Hawkeyes who were making first visit to East Lansing since 2012.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball was edged by Iowa, 3-2, Friday afternoon at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field in the Spartans’ opening game of the three-game series with the Hawkeyes.
With the loss, MSU is now 23-18 overall and 7-9 in Big Ten Conference action, while Iowa improved to 28-16 overall and 10-9 in B1G play. This weekend is Iowa’s first visit to East Lansing since 2012.
MSU had 10 hits, led by junior outfielder Brandon Hughes going 3-for-4. Junior designated hitter Chad Roskelly was 2-for-3 with a run scored and senior second baseman Dan Durkin was also 2-for-4 with a run scored.
“We had plenty of opportunities, we’re getting guys in a position to score, now we just need to find a way to get them in,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “Credit Iowa, they made pitches when they needed to. I thought we pitched well enough to win. We got guys in scoring position and guys in the right spots, it’s just about getting over the hump. We came up a little short today.”
Sophomore left-hander Alex Troop went five innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six. Senior reliever Walter Borkovich pitched three innings of relief, also limiting Iowa to two hits, but was dealt the tough-luck loss, with one earned run which proved to be the game-winning score. Sophomore closer Riley McCauley came on in the top of the ninth, and allowed one hit that drove in the go-ahead run before chalking up two strikeouts and a popup to end the rally.
The game was scoreless for the first three innings, as both teams would get runners on, but would be left stranded by some nice defensive plays. Iowa broke the scoring drought in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of walks, then a sacrifice bunt moved them over and scored on a groundout for a 1-0 lead.
MSU didn’t trail for long as the home team tied the score in the home half of the fourth. Roskelly led off with a double and later score on an RBI double by junior first baseman Zack McGuire to tie the score at 1-all.
Iowa retook the lead at 2-1 with a solo home run by Mason McCoy to leadoff the top of the sixth.
The Spartans leveled the score in the bottom of the eighth as Durkin led off with a double and later scored on a wild pitch to even score at 2-2.
Iowa scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, with back-to-back hits put runners at second and third. MSU made a pitching change, bringing in McCauley, and Iowa’s Tyler Cropley was the first batter and he drilled a chopper that bounced off the bag at third, plating Jake Adams who led off with a single for a 3-2 lead, leaving two Hawkeyes on the basepaths with no outs. McCauley ended the inning with back-to-back strikeouts then a flyout.
The Spartans’ rally in the bottom of the ninth was thwarted by Iowa to end the game.
MSU and Iowa continue their three-game series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Kobs Field at McLane Stadium before Sunday’s series finale also at 1:05 p.m.