After 17 games on the road to start the season, the Michigan State baseball team finally got to take the field in East Lansing. Despite the cold, wet and windy day typical of a late March afternoon in Michigan that led to seven combined errors between the teams, the Spartans emerged victorious over the visiting Central Michigan Chippewas 4-1.
Andrew Gonzalez was Michigan State’s starting pitcher today, and after a shaky first inning in which the Chippewas threatened with multiple runners in scoring position, he settled into a nice groove. Gonzalez earned his third win of the season (3-0) as he went five innings allowing five hits and an unearned run.
In the bottom of the second inning, Michigan State took the lead when an infield single by Matt Byars brought in Justin Hovis to give MSU a 1-0 lead.
Michigan State’s big inning was the third as they capitalized on three Central Michigan errors to bring across three runs to expand the lead to 4-0. Jordan Zimmerman scored the first run of the inning on a throwing error, and then following an error by the first basemen, Taylor Grace drove in Dan Durkin to make the lead 3-0. Royce Ando was responsible for the final RBI of the inning.
Two errors and a wild pitch in the fourth inning led to Central Michigan’s lone run, but other than that the Spartan pitching was strong as Dakota Mekkes, Keegan Baar and Joe Mockbee all threw great, shutting out the Chippewas in the four innings of relief.
With the win, Michigan State improves to 15-3 on the season and they will be back in action at home Friday at 3:05 PM EST when they take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the Big Ten conference opener.