An offensive explosion by the Michigan State Baseball team propelled the Spartans over the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Wednesday night in an 11-6 victory.
In a double-digit runs and hits effort the Spartans were led by Dan Durkin and Danny Gleaves who each drove in three runs as the Spartans controlled the entire game against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Spartans brought it three runs all via a Dan Durkin three-run home run over the right field fence and into the Red Cedar River to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead.
MSU’s lead was trimmed to one run after Easten scored two runs of their own in the top of the fourth inning. That is all the MSU starting pitcher, Mike Mokma would last. Mokma finished the day giving up six hits and two runs while also fanning two batters over his four innings of work. The Spartans created distance between them and EMU with a five-run fifth inning that began with a RBI double to right field by Chris Roskelly who continued his hot hitting during the week. The Spartans scored their second run of the inning via a Marty Bechina single into left field to score Roskelly. With the bases loaded Danny Gleaves cleared the traffic with a three-run double to left field to tally all three of his RBIs in the game and push the Spartans out to an 8-2 lead.
The Eagles would not go away by scoring two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to inch closer at 8-4. The Spartans gained back those two runs plus an extra in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bryce Kelley tripled to center field to bring in MSU’s first run of the inning. Roskelly singled for his second of two RBI’s in the game and Alex Troop brought in the Spartans’s third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice to push MSU out to an 11-4 lead.
Eastern Michigan scored two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to get to 11-6 but that was as close as they would get as the MSU bullpen shut the door in the late innings. Over the final four innings of the game relievers: Walter Borkovich, Nathan Witt, and Joe Mockbee gave up just two runs on two hits to help the Spartan’s hold on to their second straight win.
Offensively the Spartans were led by Roskelly, Bechina, and Durkin who combined for eight of the eleven MSU RBIs in the game.
With the victory Michigan State improved to 26-19 on the season as they head into the final stretches of the Big Ten Conference season.
The Spartans will follow-up their two win week with a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska for three games against the Cornhuskers on May 12-14.