EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State baseball beat Purdue handily on Sunday afternoon at McLane Stadium, 8-1. The Spartans (24-13, 7-5) got an excellent performance out of left-hander Anthony Misiewicz in his first-career start. He allowed just one unearned run and four hits to Purdue in the win. He also had three strikeouts. The Boilermakers fell to 13-27 and 5-12 in the Big Ten.
Fellow freshman Cam Gibson went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Joel Fisher, Jimmy Pickens and Ryan Richardson each had to RBIs.
"A complete effort from all of our guys from top to bottom," head coach Jake Boss said. "I thought all of our guys contributed. We pitched well, got some big hits when we needed them and kept the pressure on. It was a good day and a good job by our guys bouncing back from a tough day yesterday."
Purdue scratched out its only run in the first inning on an RBI-groundout from Jack Picchiotti. An early Spartan error accounted for the unearned run.
"Anthony was a little fired up in the first but at the same time got himself in trouble and had some damage control, which was good," Boss said. "They could've put a big number up in the first. He settled in after that and threw really well."
Justin Alleman was the third-Spartan freshman to have a nice outing. The reliever came in for Misiewicz in the seventh and threw three innings in his fifth save of the season. He gave up four hits and no runs while striking out four.
Michigan State evened the game at one in the bottom of the first. Pickens came through with an RBI-single that scored Gibson. Gibson reached on a lead-off double.
Purdue starter Kyle Wood went four innings, allowing six hits and one run. He was replaced by Brad Schreiber in the fifth. Schreiber was tagged with the loss, he went three innings and gave up six runs on five hits.
The Spartans plated another three runs in the fifth inning on RBI-singles from Fisher, Kevin Goergen, and Pickens.
In the eighth inning, MSU sent four more runs in to seal the victory. Joel Fisher led off the inning with a blast to left field, his fourth home run of the season. Richardson also doubled through the left side, scoring PJ Nowak and Kevin Goergen. Gibson also came around to score on a Purdue throwing error.
Next up, the Spartans will take on the Lansing Lugnuts in the Crosstown Showdown on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m.