Spartans Too Much For Broncos In East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Michigan State broke open a 4-3 game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and went on defeat Western Michigan 13-3 Tuesday.
A two-out fielding error enabled the Spartans to score two unearned runs in the top of the first off of Bronco right-handed freshman Will Nimke. With bases loaded, Jared Hook drove in the pair with double to right center. The Broncos prevented a third run from scoring on a relay to home.
Michigan State (23-12) added two more runs to its lead in the bottom of the fourth off of LHP Matt Nestor, but the Broncos again cut the deficit to one with two runs in the top of the sixth.
Vinnie Booker led off the sixth with a double down the left line and Jack Scanlon took first base on a walk. McMillin plated both with his second double of the game.
Right-handed reliever Monty Porter replaced Nestor with two outs in the fourth and was effective until the bottom of the sixth when MSU caught up to him for three runs. Torsten Boss had the big hit for MSU in the inning, a two-run double just inside the left field line.
Michigan State got to the Bronco bullpen for six more runs, tallying four in the seventh and two in the eighth, a two-run homer to right field by Jimmy Pickens.
McMillin would be the only Bronco with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. WMU had just six hits, while MSU collected 13. Pickens finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs for the Spartans.
Despite not giving up an earned run, Nimke (2-2) was handed the loss. He was touched for four hits in three innings. Freshman RHP Mick VanVossen (2-0) earned the victory for MSU, tossing five innings.
WMU will have another shot at Michigan State in three weeks, as the two will meet in Kalamazoo on May 8.
The Broncos (16-18) return from a six-game road trip to host East division counterpart Akron in a three-game Mid-American Conference series this weekend, April 20-22. Friday's game one begins at 3 p.m., with 1 p.m. starts Saturday and Sunday.