May 12, 2007
LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State scored seven runs in the final three innings on their way to a 7-4 win over Northwestern in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing, Mich. The Wildcats out-hit the Spartans 10-7, but three costly errors allowed MSU to plate five unearned runs in the game.
In the fourth inning, Wildcat starter Cole Livermore (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) was his own worst enemy. After back-to-back singles, Livermore mishandled a sacrifice bunt to load the bases. He then hit a batter to force home MSU's first run. After a pair o f strikeouts, a two-run double made the score 3-0 Spartans. Another Livermore strikeout ended the inning.
Northwestern responded with four runs in the top of the fifth inning, sending nine hitters to the plate. The Wildcats had six hits in the inning-all singles-to score their four runs. Senior second baseman Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) put NU ahead with a two-RBI single and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Third baseman Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) also had an RBI single.
In a case of déjà vu, Livermore committed his second error of the game when he threw away another sacrifice bunt attempt, this time in the bottom of the fifth inning. Livermore's overthrow allowed the Spartans to tie the game 4-4. MSU went on to score two more runs and recapture the lead 6-4 after five complete innings.
The Spartans went back to work in the bottom of the sixth, chasing Livermore from the game. After one run already in and runners on second and third with one out, head coach Paul Stevens called on junior right-hander Bo Schultz (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) out of the bullpen. After intentionally walking the first hitter he faced, Schultz got pinch-hitter E.J. Daws to roll into an inning-ending double play.
Livermore pitched five and one-third innings in his ninth loss of the season. He did strike out a career high eight.