Michigan State bats explode in 11-6 win over Eastern Michigan as the Spartans improve to 26-19! Here is the terrific run down of the game by Zach Fisher the MSU SID
Michigan State Erupts For 11-6 Win Over Eastern Michigan Wednesday
Durkin Belts Team-Leading Seventh Home Run
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball erupted for an 11-6 win over Eastern Michigan Wednesday afternoon at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field.
The Spartans plated all their runs in three innings, scoring three in the third, five in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Senior second baseman Dan Durkin drilled his team-leading seventh home run of the season with a smash into the Red Cedar River in right for a three-run round-tripper for MSU’s three runs in the third, ending 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Junior designated hitter Chad Roskelly, who had the walk-off RBI Tuesday night, continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-3 outing Wednesday with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Roskelly is hitting .552 (16-of-29) with eight RBI over his last seven games played.
Freshman outfielder Bryce Kelley was also 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI. Kelley was a home run shy of the cycle
“It was a good day for us. I thought the guys swung the bats well today, obviously with Chad and Bryce with three hits each, and driving some runs in, and Dan’s big home run. I thought pressure was really good today out of our guys throughout the game, with a number of stolen bases. I felt that offensively we were in a pretty good place today and hopefully building some momentum for the weekend,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr., said.
Sophomore third baseman Marty Bechina was 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored. Junior Brandon Hughes was 1-for-5 adding a stolen base for his 25th of the season. Hughes took over sole possession of third on MSU’s single-season stolen bases list Tuesday night with number 24, and with Wednesday’s swipe, Hughes now needs just two to tie Steve Preston’s 27 stolen bases in 1988 for the No. 2 spot. Anthony Cheky has the record with 29 swipes in 2014.
MSU welcomed back freshman outfielder Danny Gleaves to the lineup after being limited to just two games in the last month due to injury. Gleaves was 1-for-2 with a three-run double.
“It was good to see him back. He was a little rusty defensively, but at the same time, he had a couple of good at bats at the plate, and was nice to have him back in the lineup. It was good to see him playing today,” Boss said.
On the mound, freshman Mike Mokma started and went four innings, before junior Andrew Gonzalez came on in relief and earned the win, improving to 4-4 on the year. EMU starter Luke Devenney was dealt the loss and is now 0-1 on the year.
Wednesday’s win was MSU’s victory win of the week after Tuesday’s walk-off 7-6 win over Western Michigan at Comerica Park. The Spartans have now won their last three midweek games after losing their previous four, including a 4-3 loss at Eastern Michigan on April 4. Wednesday’s win splits the series with EMU, and is the Spartans’ seventh win in the last 10 meetings with the Eagles, moving to 55-32-1 all-time in East Lansing as part of 97-61-1 against them. MSU also improves to 13-6 against Eastern Michigan under Boss, who came to MSU after one year as head coach at EMU.
With the win, MSU is now 26-19 overall. EMU slides to 18-31 on the season.
MSU had a booming entrance on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Durkin smashed a pitch and deposited it in the Red Cedar River deep beyond the fence and trees beyond right field for a three-run home run and a 3-0 Spartan advantage.
The Eagles clawed back within 3-2 with a pair of runs in the visitor’s fourth.
MSU those two runs back and then some in the bottom of the fifth, as the home team hung a five spot. Gleaves had the big blow with a bases-loaded clearing double down the left field line, as the Spartans took an 8-2 lead.
After EMU got two runs in the top of the sixth to pull within 8-4, MSU countered with two runs of its own. Hughes singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on Kelley bashed a triple off the wall in right center. Roskelly followed with a single through the left side to drive in Kelley for a 10-4 score going to the seventh.
In the Eagles’ seventh, they plated two more runs to get within 11-6, but that would be the final scoring to seal the victory for MSU.
Michigan State resumes Big Ten Conference action this weekend, heading to Lincoln, Nebraska to play at B1G standings leader Nebraska on Friday-Sunday, May 12-14 in the Spartans’ final league road series. Friday’s series opener is slated for a 7:35 p.m. ET start, while Saturday’s second game is a 3:05 p.m. ET start time before wrapping up the series on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. ET.
MSU plays another in-state foe on Tuesday, May 16 at Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant. The Spartans wrap-up regular-season action with the three-game series against in-state rival Michigan, opening on Thursday, May 18 at 4:05 p.m. at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field, then to Ann Arbor on Friday, May 19 at 6 p.m., before the series and regular-season finale on Saturday, May 20 at 1:05 p.m.