EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State baseball lost to Michigan on Friday afternoon at McLane Stadium, 6-3. The Spartans led 3-0 after four innings but couldn't hold on as the Wolverines scored three in the fifth inning, two in the seventh and added one in the ninth.
It was the Big Ten home opener for MSU and a sellout crowd of 3,018 fans were on hand, the largest in McLane Stadium history.
"It was an outstanding crowd today," head coach Jake Boss said. "Wish we could've given them a better show. We took a 3-0 lead and we were pitching around a guy, made a bad pitch, then make an error, and all of a sudden it's 3-3. We just didn't play well (down the stretch)."
MSU started fast in the first inning. Ryan Richardson singled to center field, and Jordan Keur followed that with a double down the right-field line. Ryan Krill notched his 17th RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Richardson.
Keur and Richardson both went 2-for-4 in the game.
Richardson came through with his first-career triple in the fourth inning, sending home Anthony Cheky and Cam Gibson, giving MSU a 3-0 lead. Pickens led off the frame with a single to right and Cheky followed that with a bunt single.
It was a whirlwind fifth inning as Michigan evened the score at 3. The first two batters reached and advanced to second and third on a sacrifice by Cole Martin.
With two on and one out, Travis Maezes hit a two-run triple to right field and would come around to score on a Spartan error, the second of the inning.
The Wolverines added two more in the seventh after a double by Martin and an RBI single up the middle from Maezes.
Trey Popp came in to relieve starter Andrew Waszak in the seventh inning. Michigan added another run in the seventh on a sac fly.
Waszak threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits, five runs, four earned and struck out four in the loss.
Another sac fly in the ninth extended the lead for Michigan. Popp allowed two hits and one run in 2 1/3 innings of work. Sophomore Mike Mestdagh got the final out for the Spartans.
Michigan leftie Trent Szkutnik earned the win. He allowed three runs on eight hits, in seven innings. He also walked three and struck out three.
The Spartans travel to Ann Arbor tomorrow for the second game of the series. First pitch is set for 4:05 and will be broadcast live on SpartanSportsNetwork.com.