EVANSVILLE, Indiana — Michigan State Baseball was defeated by Evansville, 7-2, Friday night at EU’s German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in the opener of a three-game weekend series. -end.
MSU slips to 12-11 overall with the loss, while EU is 11-14 with the win. Friday was the first meeting between the Spartans and the Aces since 2011, also in Evansville, when UE won two of three.
Michigan State was led by a sophomore Thirty Farquhar goes 3 for 5 with a run scored, while the junior outfielder Casey Maye was 2 for 4. Redshirt freshman infielder Bryan Brocker was 1 for 4 with a run scored, while the second infielder Mitch Jebb (1 for 2) and sophomore outfielder Jack Frank (1-for-3) added the Spartans’ other hits. Junior outfielder Zaid Walker had an RBI walk and a redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Williams added a ribbie on a sacrificed fly.
Evansville took a 4-0 lead after three innings, adding two in the fifth and one in the sixth to open a 7-0 advantage, before MSU tackled a pair in the eighth to move closer to 7-2.
MSU’s bats were blocked by Evansville starter Shane Gray, who went to 7.0 IP and allowed just four hits, while striking out five.
“It was a tough night for us, we couldn’t get the last one out, especially at the start of the game, so that was a little disappointing,” the MSU head coach said. Jake Boss Jr. noted. “Credit their guy, their starter threw four pitches for strikes and commanded both sides of the plate and commanded in the zone and in the zone, and he was pretty dominant. We couldn’t seem to get the fastball down at But our guys kept fighting and competing and we just had a hit tonight.
Seven of Evansville’s nine hits came with two outs and the Aces scored their seven runs with two outs, including two on sacrifice flies that were second out of bounds.
Second Year Spartan Starter Harrison Cook went 4.2 IP, driving in eight hits and six runs, with three strikeouts and three walks. Redshirt freshman reliever Dominique Pianoto entered the fifth and finished with 3.1 IP with one hit and one run to go with three BBs and two Ks.
This weekend is Evansville’s third straight series against Big Ten opponents, having played Northwestern on March 20 and Indiana last weekend, and EU is now 2-4 against foes in the B1G, with both wins coming Friday night, after beating Indiana, 17-14 last week. The Aces also faced nationally ranked NC State, Vanderbilt and Tulane this season, sweeping Tulane to New Orleans.
“Evansville is no joke here. They played a very tough schedule, and we talked about it before the game, ‘don’t be fooled by the numbers,'” Boss said. “They went down and swept a pretty good Tulane at home, they played NC State and took Vanderbilt to a one-point game, they played Indiana a few times and beat them once and they played Northwestern at home There are no pigeons in their schedule They kind of brought it to us tonight, especially early and that’s what good home teams do, they’re comfortable playing at home they go and have the ability to build momentum at home and our job was to take that away from them and again unfortunately we couldn’t seem to get a third hit with two outs or the last out “Resilience is going to be hugely important going forward. It’s the equivalent of a weekend conference in my opinion, it’s a really good team there.”
After Evansville scored a run in the first half of the first period, the Aces threatened again late in the second, getting two runs with two outs and Mark Shallenberger hit a deep shot into right field. The junior outfielder made a spectacular diving save, catching the ball just before it hit the wall to end the inning and deny the extra hit and keep two runs off the board. Walker even received a congratulatory punch from Shallenberger on the way back to their respective dugouts.
WHAT… A… CATCH!!
His last name might be Walker, but he was a flier on that play!!
Zaid Walker with a #SCTop10 the nominated dive grabs the wall to steal a hit and save two runs!!
— Michigan State Baseball (@MSUBaseball) April 1, 2022
The Aces nailed three runs in the third inning, on four hits, including a two-run homer, two doubles and a single, to open a 4-0 lead.
EU added two more in the fifth and one in the sixth for their 7-0 lead.
The Spartans went up the board with a two-run eighth, as Farquhar started with a left single, and he moved to second on a wild pitch. Broecker picked a right to move Farquhar into a sack, and two batters later Williams hit a deep ball to center field for a sacrificial fly to drive to Farquhar. Frank followed with a double to move Broecker to third, then Jebb walked to lead the bases and Walker walked to tackle Broecker, and Evansville made a change of pitch, and reliever Drew Dominik got a groundout to end at the Spartan Rally and the eighth.
Farquhar started an MSU rally in the ninth with a one-out single, but a fielder’s pick and a flyout ended the game.
MSU and Evansville return to the diamond for a first pitch at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT Saturday, then complete the three-game weekend series Sunday at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT.
Next week, the Spartans’ only midweek action is the 2022 Crosstown Showdown on Wednesday April 6, resuming the Crosstown Showdown after a two-year hiatus. The first pitch from Jackson® Field™ is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Crosstown Showdown between the Lugnuts and Spartans began in 2007 as a celebration of baseball in Mid Michigan. From 2007 to 2019, the game was a huge success, attracting over 100,000 fans in total, averaging over 8,000 per game, aired on BTN in 2013 and featuring the three biggest crowds in the history of the stadium , including a crowd of 12,997 for the 2012 Showdown.
The game featured 37 future major leaguers between the two teams, including current MLB superstars Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., and Bo Bichette, who faced off in a memorable pregame Home Run Derby in 2016. .
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