ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Derek VanBuskirk hit three of Michigan's six home runs to lead the No. 21 Wolverines to a 27-6 win over the Michigan State baseball team Sunday at Ray Fisher Stadium. Jason Christian fell a double short of hitting for the cycle as Michigan scored in every inning except the first. Senior Steve Gerstenberger led off the game with a home run and sophomore Chris Roberts went 4-for-5 with an RBI for MSU.
VanBuskirk hit a solo shot in the fifth inning, a grand slam in the sixth and a three-run homer in the seventh. He finished 4-for-5 with four runs and nine RBI. Christian and Leif Mahler each added four hits.
Gerstenberger's leadoff blast gave MSU a 1-0 lead off Michigan starter Mike Wilson. The Spartans chased Wilson with an RBI single by freshman Brandon Eckerle in the second inning.
With Michigan State leading 2-0 in the bottom of the second, Michigan struck for eight runs. Christian's two-run triple and a two-run double by Abraham were the big blows.
Potes smacked an RBI single in the third inning to pull MSU within 8-3. The Wolverines then scored five times in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Recknagel's three-run homer. Michigan (28-8, 15-1 Big Ten) would add two more runs in the fourth to take a 15-3 lead. VanBuskirk's homer in the fifth made it 16-3. UM would score 11 more runs over the next three innings.
Roberts and seniors Justin Potes and Kyle Kunkel each delivered RBI singles in the top of the ninth to provide the final margin.
Michael Powers (3-0) pitched 3.2 innings of relief to earn the win for Michigan. Neither starting pitcher completed two innings. Freshman A.J. Achter (0-2) took the loss.
The Spartans will take a break from regular season action to take part in the second annual Crosstown Showdown Thursday, April 24 at Oldsmobile Park. MSU will take on the Lansing Lugnuts beginning at 6:05 p.m. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.