Spartans Fall to Purdue, 11-5

By: Michigan State University
By: Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State baseball dropped the second game of the series to Purdue, 11-5 at home on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans (23-13, 6-5) managed 12 hits in the game but also left 11 on base. Purdue had 15 hits in the contest, the most MSU has allowed all season.

"It's disappointing," head coach Jake Boss said. "We left the bases loaded twice and have nothing to show for it. Defensively we didn't play well. We didn't pitch it as well as we are capable of and a lot of little things that won't show up in the box score that led to 11 runs."

Sophomore Blaise Slater continued his strong efforts at the plate on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a solo-home run in the fourth inning. Salter sent the ball to deep-left center field for his third home run of the season. In two games against Purdue, Salter is 6-for-8.

David Garner, a junior, was charged with the loss. He went 6 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits. Four of the runs were earned and he also struck out four.

Freshman Jordan Minch of Purdue earned the win, his fifth of the season. He went seven innings and allowed two runs on nine hits.

Purdue kicked off the game with a run in the first. Kyle Wood doubled to left-center and later scored on an RBI-groundout by Josh Estill.

Salter evened the game at one with his homer to left in the fourth but the Spartans never took the lead.

The Boilermakers added two in the sixth inning, two in the seventh, two in the eighth and four in the ninth.

Trey Popp came in to relieve Garner in the seventh, he gave up a single that scored one run but it was charged to Garner.

Anthony Cheky sent an RBI-single up the middle in the seventh, scoring Cam Gibson. Cheky has now reached safely in 18 consecutive games, tied for the best streak by an MSU player this season.

Ryan Krill went 2-for-4 and had a double in the eighth. He later scored on an RBI-single from Joel Fisher.

Purdue scored four unearned runs in the ninth inning after a Spartan error kept the inning alive for the Boilermakers. Hansen had a RBI-bunt for a single and Krieg doubled down the left field line for Purdue.

Mike Mestdagh and Joe Zwierzynski also pitched in relief for Michigan State.

In the ninth, Jimmy Pickens hit a two-run homer to right center but the Spartans couldn't muster any more runs. Pickens now leads MSU with six home runs on the season.

Michigan State and Purdue will play the rubber game of the three-game series tomorrow at 12:05 at McLane Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.


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