GREENVILLE, S.C. – Spartan pitching and defense was too much for Harvard during Saturday’s doubleheader. Michigan State won game one, 1-0, and then went on to dismantle Harvard 4-0 in the second contest to improve their record to 9-7 at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. The Spartans only permitted seven hits throughout the day, shutting out Harvard completely in both games.
Mick VanVossen came to the mound in the first contest and proceeded to give up a mere two hits to a flailing Harvard lineup, improving his record to 4-0 on the year. The second contest belonged to sophomore Justin Alleman as he fanned five over eight hard thrown innings.
In the first game Michigan State required only one run to get the victory. This makes the Spartans 4-0 in one-run games this year.
In the fifth inning Joel Fisher’s second double of the day, followed by a Ryan Richardson bunt — to push Fisher to third — cleared the stage for P.J Nowak to get Fisher home on a sac fly, to account for the one run.
Big-Ten leader in saves Jeff Kinley stepped in for VanVossen to start the eighth and logged the six-out save. It was Kinley’s fifth save of the year.
Things got started quickly for MSU in the second game, plating two runs in both the first and sixth innings — to get on top and stay there — as Harvard had no answer again.
Base hits from Anthony Cheky and Blaise Salter in the first, set the table for Ryan Krill — who doubled to right-center field — to score both runners and provide the Spartans the prompt lead.
The Crimson made a game effort in the fourth inning However, when they managed to load the bases thanks to two walks and a single. Nonetheless, Alleman wiggled out of the scare superbly forcing the last batter of the frame to foul out to Krill at first.
Jimmy Pickens bashed in the additional two runs of the game for MSU by means of a two-RBI triple to right field that scored Salter and Krill to cap off the scoring at 4-0.