Miami-Ohio Blanks Spartans, 1-0

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Michigan State baseball team had its three-game winning streak snapped Sunday afternoon as Miami-Ohio shut out the Spartans, 1-0, in the finale of the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field. MSU finished the tournament with a 3-1 record after splitting with the RedHawks and taking both games against Furman.

Miami-Ohio starter Shawn Marquardt shut down the Spartan offense, throwing a three-hit complete game shutout to earn his first victory of the season. The senior southpaw struck out seven, didn’t surrender a walk, and only put four runners on base.

In his first career start, red-shirt sophomore Mike Theodore fanned five and only allowed four hits and two walks in 7.2 innings, but came up short in the pitcher’s duel. The only run Theodore (0-1) gave up was unearned in the third inning.

With two outs and no one on base in the top of the third, Theodore walked Ryan Brenner. The next batter, Matt Honchel, singled to shortstop, and Brenner not only advanced to third on the hit, but also came around to score after a throwing error by Spartan first baseman Ryan Krill. It was the only run the RedHawks (3-3) would need.

Marquardt retired the first 10 Spartan hitters before Justin Scanlon doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Scanlon was stranded on third after a groundout and a strikeout ended the inning.

The Spartans (4-3) didn’t collect another hit until the seventh as Jordan Keur hit a two-out double to left field, but a groundout put a halt to the scoring threat.

Although Scanlon delivered his second single in the bottom of the ninth, a single to left with two outs, the Spartans couldn’t get another hit and were shut out for the first time since last season at Evansville on March 19, 2011.

The Spartans return to action to face No. 4 Texas A&M in a three-game series at College Station, Texas, next weekend (March 2-4).

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