EAST LANSING, Mich. – On a beautiful spring day at McLane Baseball Stadium before a crowd of 2,149 fans, the Michigan State baseball team extended its winning streak to six games with a 10-1 victory over Oakland Sunday afternoon. The Spartans (13-7), who completed the sweep over the Golden Grizzlies and have won nine of their last 10 contests, collected nine hits and took advantage of five OU errors.
Junior third baseman Torsten Boss led MSU at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs, including a two-run shot over the right-field fence in the bottom of the seventh.
Spartan red-shirt sophomore Mike Theodore, pitching in his first career game at McLane Baseball Stadium, earned his second win of the season by allowing just one run in seven innings. The only blemish was a solo homer in the third inning from Oakland catcher John Estes. Theodore (2-1) scattered seven hits, struck out four, and didn’t walk a batter.
“Today, similar to yesterday, we were able to play a complete game,” said MSU head coach Jake Boss, as the Spartans recorded their second straight series sweep. “I think Mike Theodore did a really nice job of controlling the game. He was in charge the whole time out there. Offensively, we took advantage of a lot of opportunities that we were given, which is big; you have to be able to do that. And we continue to play good defense. All in all, a very good day, and a very good weekend.”
“It was great coming out and seeing the big crowd that we had today,” said Theodore. “The energy that the guys brought today playing in our home park was fantastic. It was a really fun experience and hopefully it continues with this level of success as the year goes forward.”
For the second straight outing, Theodore received plenty of run support.
The Spartans took advantage of five walks and an error and also had three hits in the second inning to score five runs and break the game open. Torsten Boss and Jimmy Pickens each had RBI singles for MSU in the inning.
Oakland (3-16) kept Michigan State off the scoreboard until the sixth as back-to-back walks to start the inning led to a three-run frame. Andy Johnson produced an RBI single to right field and Justin Scanlon had a sacrifice fly in the inning for the Spartans, as they increased their lead to 8-1.
In the seventh, Boss delivered his third homer of the season and 16th of his career with a two-run blast over the right-field fence.
Tim Simpson and Ryan Martin each tossed an inning of scoreless relief to close the game for the Spartans.
For Michigan State, the sweep over Oakland was a perfect way to home the 2012 home season.
“It was an outstanding crowd today – a beautiful day in a great setting,” said Boss, who is in his fourth season as head coach of the Spartans. “This is why kids come to Michigan State to play. This is why Michigan State was the destination point for me when I wanted to pursue a career in coaching, really because of a day like this. To look up and see a great crowd on hand is really something that is special to me and special to our players. It really adds to what we have going on here at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field.”
Michigan State returns to action Tuesday, March 27 to host Bowling Green at 3:05 p.m. at McLane Baseball Stadium.
“I think we learned a lot about ourselves this weekend,” said Boss, as the Spartans prepare for five more home games next week. “I think we realized that if we can come out and be focused and be ready to play when we get to the park with every guy ready to contribute, I think we have a good chance to be pretty good.”