May 25, 2012
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Spartans fight back to
By Phil Stanton
Ohio – Most leads have not been safe in this year’s Big Ten
Fifth-seeded Michigan State rebounded from a 2-0
deficit to defeat sixth-seeded Ohio State 6-2 in Big Ten
Tournament at Huntington Field.
The Spartans (37-20) will play the loser of the
Purdue-Indiana game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Buckeyes
finish the season at 33-27.
“We beat a good ballclub, there’s no doubt about
that,” said MSU head coach Jake Boss. “We were fortunate to push
a few through in the middle of the ballgame, a couple big
innings for us.”
David Garner (6-3) (pictured above) was dominant
on the mound for the Spartans. He worked 6.1 innings with six
hits, two runs (one earned), four walks and six strikeouts.
“I was extremely happy with how our young guys
played today,” Boss said. “David on the mound is a talented
young man. I think he has a bright future ahead of him. I
thought he threw well and got a little tired toward the end of
His only hiccup was in the top of the fifth.
David Corna had a leadoff single and scored on a base hit by
Aaron Gretz (3 for 3). Mike Carroll’s single to right plated
Gretz, but Ryan Cypret was gunned down at home to keep the
margin at 2-0.
MSU answered with a pair in the bottom of the
fifth. Justin Scanlon was hit by a pitch and moved to second on
a single by Jordan Keur (3 for 4, 3 R). Scanlon moved to third
on a flyout to center. With two away, Ryan Krill (2 for 2) laced
a single to center to plate Scanlon and advance Keur to third.
That would end the day for OSU starter Trace Dempsey (4.2 IP, 5
H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 K).
Brett McKinney (5-6) was greeted with a double
down the right field line by Jimmy Pickens (3 for 3) to knot the
score at 2.
After holding the Buckeyes scoreless in the top
of the sixth, the Spartans went back to work in the bottom of
the frame. Anthony Cheky drew a leadoff walk and moved to third
on a base hit by Ryan Jones. Following a groundout with the
infield in, Cheky scored the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice.
Torsten Boss added a sac fly and Pickens was plunked with the
bases full to make it a three-run rally and a 5-2 MSU advantage.
OSU fought back in the seventh, putting two on
with one way to end the day for Garner. Bryce Jenney entered and
got a double play to snuff the rally. Jenney (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB,
1 K) earned his second save.
“Bryce came in and gave us what a senior needs to
give us out of the bullpen,” Boss said.
The Spartans added an insurance run in the eighth
on a base hit by Krill.
MSU could have been ahead by more, stranding 15.
(photo courtesy of MSU Media Relations Office)