Ryan Jones extends hitting streak to 26 games; Tony Wieber records career highs in hits (four) and RBIs (three).  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Ryan Jones extends hitting streak to 26 games; Tony Wieber records career highs in hits (four) and RBIs (three). Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

 

 

 

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State baseball team scored a season-high 15 runs, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Eastern Michigan on Wednesday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium as the Eagles came away with a 17-15, 12-inning win over the Spartans.

 

The four-hour, 17-minute game featured 32 runs, 39 hits and 13 pitchers.

 

EMU pinch-hitter Lee Longo delivered the game-winning hit and finally broke the 15-15 stalemate with a two-run homer over the left-field fence in the top of the 12th inning.

 

For Michigan State, Ryan Jones extended his hitting streak to 26 games as he went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Tony Wieber led MSU with a career-high four hits and three RBIs, Jeff Holm had three hits and three RBIs, and Jared Hook went 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs. The Spartans (24-13) finished with 18 hits and six players had multi-hit games.

 

MSU jumped out to a 10-0 lead after two innings with three runs in the first and seven in the second – all with two outs. Wieber had a two-run single in the first and an RBI double in the second, while Jones and Hook each had RBI hits in the second.

 

Eastern Michigan (25-15) made it a game with five runs in the third, but MSU went back up 13-5 with three more runs in the bottom of the inning, keyed by Torsten Boss’ RBI triple and Andy Johnson’s RBI single.

 

The Eagles rallied with nine unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 14-13 lead. EMU right fielder Ken Battison produced the big hit in the fifth, slugging a three-run homer to center field.

 

After MSU scored 13 runs in the first three innings, EMU reliever Neil Butara, who entered the game in the second, held the Spartans scoreless in the middle innings.

 

In the seventh, Michigan State got back on the board with two runs to take a 15-14 lead. Following Jones’ leadoff walk and Holm’s double, a Boss groundout scored Jones and a single to left by Hook plated Holm.

 

Spartan reliever Bryce Jenney came on in the ninth to try and earn his sixth save of the season, but a leadoff walk to Sam Ott proved costly, as Ott came around to score and tie the game on an infield single, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly.

 

MSU’s best chance to score in extra innings arrived in the 10th, as Joel Fisher hit a line shot off the top of the left-field fence, just inches shy of a walk-off homer. Instead, it was a one-out double, and the Spartans couldn’t capitalize as back-to-back flyouts ended the inning.

 

Jenney remained in the game throughout extra innings, getting EMU out in the 10th and 11th, but ran into trouble in the 12th. Zach Leonard led off the decisive inning with a single, but was forced at second. That’s when EMU Coach Jay Alexander made the move for Longo to pinch hit for Rob Wendzicki, who was 0-for-6 in the game. Longo hit the first pitch he saw from Jenney and sailed it for a two-run homer to left field.

 

The Spartans threatened in the bottom of the 12th as Wieber hit a two-out double to right field, followed by a walk to pinch hitter Seth Williams that put runners on first and second. Spartan pinch hitter Andrew Carpenter wasn’t as fortunate as Longo, however, as he grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

 

Jenney (0-1) walked four and gave up three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings in the loss. EMU closer Kristian Calibuso fired four scoreless innings and scattered two hits to earn his second victory of the season.

 

The two teams will meet again tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. in Ypsilanti at Oestrike Stadium.