Spartans swept by No. 5 Texas A&M
The Spartans struggled through the weekend against No. 5 Texas A&M, going 0-3.
The series opened Friday night with a 7-3 loss.
MSU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a homer from Torsten Boss in the first inning, but they gave too many chances to the Aggies, who took advantage of three MSU errors.
“Tonight was frustrating because we didn’t take care of the ball and gave them too many opportunities, which you can’t do against a team like Texas A&M,” coach Jake Boss said. “Offensively, we left too many men on base and had our chances, but we couldn’t string together any hits.”
Tony Bucciferro took his first loss of the season, dropping to 2-1, allowing five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Aggies also stole seven bases on catcher John Martinez, starting in place of the injured Joel Fisher, whose bat the Spartans were missing the cleanup spot.
The Spartans had plenty of chances late in the game to mount a comeback, but couldn’t capitalize. In the bottom of the eighth, pinch hitter Andy Johnson struck out looking on an outside fastball with the bases loaded to end the inning.
One inning later, Boss came up with the bases loaded and no outs, but hit a one-hop line drive to the shortstop who turned a 6-4-3 double play to kill the MSU rally.
The Spartans left 10 men on base. Texas A&M All-American Michael Wacha took the win, allowing two runs in seven solid innings. Boss, Jordan Keur, Ryan Jones and Ryan Krill had two hits each.
Michigan State fared no better Saturday in a 4-0 loss against another All-American starter, Ross Stripling. MSU had just five hits off Stripling and never managed to get any offense going.
Spartans starter Andrew Waszak allowed just five hits and one earned run in six innings. The Aggies put together three hits, two walks and a Michigan State error to score three runs in the bottom of the second.
The Spartans had one hit from each of the top five in their order (Keur, Boss, Jones, Jimmy Pickens and Justin Scanlon).
Sunday’s game started off brighter with four runs in the first inning for the Spartans, who took advantage of three Texas A&M errors and two hits to take an early lead, but eventually they fell 9-8. Freshman Pickens hit his first career home run in the first inning, a two-run shot.
MSU starter Mike Theodore held the lead through his 4.1 innings pitched and left with the Spartans up 4-2. Reliever Jeff Kinley, however, surrendered the lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth — a lead which the Aggies extended with four more runs in the seventh.
The Spartans, as they did Friday, fought back in and had more chances, but could only pull back within one.
The Spartans had three hits in the top of the eighth, and scored three runs. Jared Hook hit a double to score the first run, and Krill hit an inside-the-park home run to score two — his first career homer.
MSU got one more back in the ninth, with one run on three hits, but Pickens flew out to end the game with runners on first and second.
Boss, Jones and Andrew Carpenter had two hits each.
The Spartans now are 4-6 and play at Baylor on Wednesday.