Every Michigan State vs Michigan game, in any sports is a very big deal. Here is the report and picture courtesy of the MSU SID.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan State was topped by Michigan Tuesday night at UM's Ray Fisher Stadium, as the home Wolverines pulled away from a close game with some late-inning runs.
UM took a 2-0 lead with a run in the first and third innings, but MSU kept it close and threatened several times, including loading the bases in the top of the seventh, but were kept off the scoreboard by a nice defensive play by the UM right fielder. Michigan plated three runs in the bottom of the seven and two more in the bottom of the eighth for the final score.
"I thought we missed some opportunities at the plate tonight, and that was disappointing. I thought we had a real chance there in the seventh inning to gain some momentum. We weren't able to execute the bunting game very well, we struck out in a big spot and then they made a play against us, and give them credit for that; but I thought we had a couple opportunities there that we didn't take advantage of, and if we would have, I think the game wouldn't gone a little bit differently," MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said.
Tuesday's game was a non-conference contest between the in-state foes.
Freshman outfielder Zaid Walker continued his recent hot streak, going 3-for-3 Tuesday night. Walker is now 17-for-35 in his last nine games, an average of .488, with three RBI, nine runs scored and two walks in that nine-game stretch, raising his average from .227 to current .290.
Junior left-hander Jarret Olson made his fifth start of the season and 12th appearance, and tied a career-high going 5.0 IP, while scattering just three hits with two runs allowed, three walks and striking out two.
"Jarret did a nice job. I think it's certainly something for him to build on. Moving forward, we're going to need him over the next week-and-a-half," Boss said. "This was a solid outing for him to build on for the future."
UM scored its five runs in the seventh and eighth off MSU relievers to break open what had been a tightly battled contest.
Michigan scored first with a run in the bottom of the first after leadoff hitter Jordan Nwogu laced a triple that bounced off the top of the wall. The next batter was Jesse Franklin and he flew out to center for a sac fly to drive in Nwogu for an early 1-0 lead for the home team, before Olson got a lineout and strikeout to end the frame.
UM added a run in the third on a solo home run by Franklin for a 2-0 advantage, but Olson limited the damage, dialing up a foul out and strikeout.
The Spartans threatened in the top of the fourth, with Ando lacing a one-out double down the left field line. Two batters later Walker reached on a two-out single to deep short and Walker later moved up to second on a wild pitch, but a groundout ended the threat.
Michigan State again threatened in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with only one out, facing two different UM pitchers in the inning, as Walker led off with a single, pinch-hitter Bailey Peterson reached on a fielder's choice with Walker sliding safely into second. Then after a strikeout, Michigan made pitching change to face freshman first baseman Reese Trahey, bringing in lefty Angelo Smith, so MSU called on junior Andrew Morrowto pinch hit and he drew a walk to load the bases. However a strikeout and lineout to right ended it, UM right fielder Jordan Brewer robbed Chmielewski of a hit and probable multiple RBI with a diving snare on a sinking and tailing liner to end the inning and thwart the rally.
Michigan quickly turned around by plating three runs on two hits and taking advantage of an MSU error for a 5-0 lead. The Wolverines scored two more in the eighth for the final score.
The Spartans continue their busy five-game week, hosting Valparaiso on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:05 p.m. at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field. MSU then heads to Iowa this weekend to resume Big Ten Conference action.
Any schedule updates due to weather will be announced on www.MSUSpartans.com and on twitter @statebaseball.
Fans can also follow Spartan baseball action through "Live Stats," "Listen Live" and "Watch Live" links found at MSUSpartans.com. The games will be video streamed on BTN2Go, and will also be carried on the Spartan Sports Network live audio stream. The broadcast will be available exclusively at SpartanSportsNetwork.com and on the network's 24/7 app for mobile devices (available on iTunes and Google Play). Broadcast veteran Scott Moore calls the action alongside former MSU manager/bullpen catcher David Greenberg in select games.
Want the latest breaking MSU news delivered straight to your email for FREE? Sign up for the DAILY Spartan Nation newsletter WHEN YOU CLICK RIGHT HERE! Don’t miss any of the latest up to the second updates on Michigan State Sports when you follow on Twitter @HondoCarpenter