Baseball Wins Second Straight Big Ten Series

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State baseball team won its second consecutive Big Ten series after splitting a doubleheader against Purdue (13-12, 3-4 Big Ten) Monday afternoon at Kobs Field. The Spartans, who won the first game of the series on Sunday, 3-2, fell in game one on Monday, 1-0, but bounced back to game two, 3-0. The four-game series was limited to three games due to cold weather. MSU, winners of seven of its last nine, moves up to second in the conference standings with a 5-2 league record (13-10 overall).

Senior left-hander John Dwan, the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after tossing seven scoreless innings at Indiana, threw another gem in the second game of the doubleheader to give MSU the series victory. For the second straight year, Dwan (3-2) pitched a shutout against the Boilermakers, limiting PU to five hits while striking out six in the seven-inning complete game. Dwan earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors after his performance last year at Purdue in which he threw a one-hit, complete-game shutout. In three career outings vs. Purdue, Dwan is 3-0 and has only given up nine hits and one run in 20 innings pitched (0.45 ERA).

MSU scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. E.J. Daws led off the second with a single, stole second, and scored on an Eli Boike RBI single through the right side. The Green and White went up 2-0 in the third as Chris Roberts extended his hitting streak to 10 games by driving in Justin Potes from second with a single. In the fourth, Dennis Jones led off with a bunt single and advanced to third as a wild throw by Purdue third baseman Nick Overmyer sailed down the right-field line. Jones scored a batter later on a Brandon Doherty RBI groundout.

Purdue did leave nine runners on base in the game, including two each in the fifth and sixth innings. After a leadoff walk in the fifth, Dwan fanned two straight Boilermakers looking, then gave up another walk to put runners on first and second. Both runners moved up on a double steal, but the inning was halted as Evan Friedland fielded a slow grounder and flipped the ball over to Dwan at first just in time to record the third out. In the same situation in the sixth, Dwan struck out pinch-hitter Carlos Pupo on three straight breaking balls to end the inning.

MSU collected 10 hits off Purdue starter Dan Settler, who fell to 1-2 for the season.

In game one, Boilermaker starter Ricky Heines threw a seven-hit, complete-game shutout in the 1-0 Purdue win. Heines (5-2) struck out five in hurling his third shutout of the season.

Jon Kibler (2-3) threw six innings and surrendered six hits with three strikeouts in the loss.

The lone run of the game arrived in the top of the fourth inning. A one-out walk to Jon Moore came back to doom Kibler, as Moore came around to score from first on a Nick Overmyer triple to the right-centerfield gap.

MSU threatened with two singles to start the bottom of the fifth, but the Spartans couldn't capitalize as the rally was stalled by a fielder's choice, a strikeout, and a groundout.

Gerstenberger had two of MSU's seven hits in the first game and went 3-for-6 on the afternoon.

Schedule change: Please note that the Wednesday, April 11 game against Western Michigan at Fifth Third Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been moved up to Tuesday, April 10 at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing at 4:30 p.m. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m.

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