May 12, 2007
LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Northwestern 6-4 in game two of Saturday's doubleheader, sweeping the two-game set. The loss drops NU to 14-35 overall, 5-22 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats and Spartans wrap up their four-game Big Ten series with a single nine-inning contest tomorrow at 1 p.m. (ET).
Northwestern scored one unearned run in the top of the first inning on an Antonio Mule (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) single. Centerfielder Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) reached on an error, moved to third on a Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) double before scoring on Mule's single.
Michigan Sate answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first inning off Wildcat starter Andrew Smith (Fort Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood). Two hits and a pair of walks allowed the Spartans runs to cross the plate.
NU came right back to recapture the lead 3-2 in the top of the second inning. Catcher Geoff Dietz (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) executed a perfect safety squeeze for the Wildcats' first run and Owens laced an RBI single off the Spartans third baseman's glove, scoring NU's second run of the inning.
The Spartans tied the game 3-3 with a single run in the bottom of the second. A two-out double scored a Spartan runner from first to tie the game.
After a scoreless third inning by both teams, NU once again recaptured the lead, this time scoring one run on two hits in the top of the fourth inning. Newman doubled home right fielder Max Mann (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) to give the Wildcats a 4-3 lead. Mann walked and went to second on a Tommy Finn (Valparaiso, Ind./Andrean) single.
Like they had done all weekend, Michigan State came right back in the bottom of the fourth to chase Smith from the game. After a walk, an error and an infield single loaded the bases, head coach Paul Stevens
called on freshman David Jensen
(Whittier, Calif./Mater Dei) from the bullpen. Jensen struck out the only hitter he faced before Stevens went back to the bullpen to call on senior right-hander Ryan Myers
(Lake Villa, Ill./Carmel). Myers got a fly ball to center to end the Spartan threat and preserve NU's 4-3 lead.
MSU tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff walk was sacrificed to second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundball out to second base.
The Spartans took a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. A leadoff double was sacrificed to third and after an intentional walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases; a two-out single plated the go-ahead runs.
NU put two runners on in the seventh inning, including a single by Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) that extended his hitting streak to 18 games.