Tony Bucciferro fires 8 2/3 innings to earn his fifth victory of the season on the mound.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Tony Bucciferro fires 8 2/3 innings to earn his fifth victory of the season on the mound. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

 

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Junior right-hander Tony Bucciferro struck out five and gave up only one run in 8 2/3 innings as the Michigan State baseball team defeated Iowa, 7-1, Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. Bucciferro won his fifth game of the season as the Spartans improved to 17-6 and 2-0 in the Big Ten.

At the plate, sophomore third baseman Torsten Boss went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, including a two-run homer in the top of the third. Jeff Holm, Jared Hook and Jeff Kinley also collected two hits apiece for the Spartans.

MSU never trailed and jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the second on a Kinley RBI single. Boss delivered his two-run shot in the third to make it 3-0 before Iowa (9-15, 0-2 Big Ten) scored its lone run in the bottom of the inning.

Boss produced another run-scoring hit with a single to left field in the fifth that plated Ryan Jones, and Hook followed with an RBI triple that brought Boss around to score, giving MSU a 5-1 lead.

The Spartans used the sacrifice fly to score single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to make it 7-1.

Meanwhile, Bucciferro was cruising, scattering eight hits and walking just two. He was relieved in the ninth after his pitch count reach 120 and he hit his final batter with two outs in the inning. Joe Zwierzynski came on in relief to get the final out of the game.