Michigan State baseball sweeps Michigan; EMU baseball, softball rally for extra-inning wins and more Sunday results
The Michigan State baseball team completed a three-game weekend sweep of Michigan by winning both games of a doubleheader at Ray Fisher Stadium on Sunday.
The Spartans (15-5), who entered the series with a Big Ten-best .334 cumulative batting average, pounded out 21 hits while picking up 5-4 and 8-2 wins. The non-conference series started with Michigan State’s 9-3 win on Friday.
The scored was tied 1-1 through six innings of Sunday’s opening before both teams put together rallies in the seventh.
Andy Johnson hit a three-run home run as the Spartans scored four runs in the top of the frame. In the bottom, Michigan’s Coley Crank’s pinch-hit, three-run home run pulled the Wolverines back within 5-4.
Michigan State reliever Tony Wieber didn’t allow another hit the rest of the way, saving a win for starter Tony Bucciferro.
Pioneer High School graduate Bobby Brosnahan (1-5) took the loss, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Three Michigan State pitchers combined on a five-hitter in the second game of the doubleheader. Winner David Garner allowed gave up one run through 6 1/3 innings.
Justin Scanlon went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jeff Kinley had a two-run triple in the third inning for the Spartans.
Crank went 2-for-3 with a walk for Michigan (6-15).
MORE BASEBALL Eastern Michgian 6, Buffalo 6 (10 inn.): Ken Battiston’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning was the game winner for Eastern (15-8). Tucker Rubino helped force extra innings with a two-run single in the eighth. Joe Battistelli earned the win with two innings of perfect relief. (Details)
SOFTBALL Michigan 7, Northwestern 4: A fifth-inning grand slam by Amanda Chidester led Michigan (31-2) to a weekend sweep at Northwestern. Winning pitcher Jordan Taylor settled down after allowing two Wildcats runs in the first inning. (Details)
Eastern Michigan 3, Austin Peay 1 (8 inn.); Austin Peay 5, Eastern Michigan 4: Sarah Gerber’s two-run home run earned the Eagles (11-5) a win in the opener. Winning pitcher Lauren Wells struck out a career-high 10 Austin Peay batters. Stacie Skodinski hit a pair of home runs in Eastern Michigan’s second-game loss.(Details)
WOMEN’S TENNIS Michigan 7, Purdue 0: Denise Muresan became the third Michigan player to win 100 career singles matches in the No. 5-ranked Wolverines’ (13-3) shut out of Purdue at the Varsity Tennis Center. (Details)
MEN’S TENNIS Indiana 4, Michigan 3: The Wolverines (9-6) ended a string of four road matches with their first Big Ten loss of the season. (Details)
MEN’S GOLF FAU Spring Break Championship: Eastern Michigan finished 16th in the 17-team field. (Details)