South Florida Rallies to Top Spartans, 2-1

Andrew Longley hits a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to push USF past Michigan State.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Andrew Longely hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to push South Florida past the Michigan State baseball team, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.

The Spartans (1-1) led 1-0 going into the bottom of the eighth, but the Bulls (2-0) got a two-out double off the bat of James Ramsey to bring home Alex Mendez and tie the game at 1.

Junior right-hander Andrew Waszak threw seven shutout innings for Michigan State, and allowed just four hits to go along with three strikeouts and two walks in the no decision.

Waszak was relieved by sophomore lefty Jeff Kinley to start the eighth. Although Kinley struck out the first batter he faced, he then gave up a double to Mendez before recording the second out, a pop out to first base. With two down, Ramsey delivered his game-tying double. Kinley got out of the inning one batter later with a groundout to second.

With one out in the ninth, Longley hit his solo home run to left-center field against Kinley, giving USF the walk-off victory.

The Spartans scored their only run of the game in the top of the second, as Jordan Keur’s RBI single plated Joel Fisher.

MSU stranded seven runners in the game, including four in scoring position.

Michigan State collected seven hits on the afternoon, led by Keur’s 3-for-3 performance. Keur is 5-for-7 through his first two games at the plate.

The Spartans return to action for their third and final game of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge Sunday at 10 a.m. against No. 15 Louisville. Sophomore right-hander David Garner will get the start on the mound for MSU. Live stats of the game will be available via Gametracker on msuspartans.com.