Eastern Michigan baseball erases 10-run deficit, wins 17-15 at Michigan State
Eastern Michigan freshman Lee Longo hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the top of the 12th inning to give the Eagles an improbable 17-15 win over Michigan State on Tuesday.
Eastern trailed 10-0 after two innings and 13-5 by the end of the third at McClane Stadium in East Lansing. The game lasted more than four hours and featured a combined 39 hits off 13 different pitchers.
Eastern Michigan starter Jordan Glover, who entered the game with a 1.67 ERA according to EMUEagles.com, gave up nine runs over the first 1 2/3 innings.
The Eagles (25-15) started their comeback with five runs in the third and fourth innings and four more in the fifth to take a 14-13 lead.
Michigan State (24-13) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but Eastern forced extra innings with Ben Magsig's sacrifice fly in the ninth.
The Eagles' Kristian Calibuso earned the win by shutting out the Spartans on two hits over the final four innings.
Zack Leonard reached base seven times for Eastern, going 5-for-5 -- including a two-run double in the fourth -- with two walks. Tony Wieber went 4-for-7 with three RBIs for Michigan State. (Boxscore)
The Eagles will be looking for a third series win over an in-state opponent when Michigan State visits Oestrike Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Eastern won two of three games against Michigan this season and is coming off a three-game weekend sweep at Western Michigan.