Spartans Top Furman in 11 Innings, 6-2
MSU scores four runs in the top of the 11th to win third straight.
GREENVILLE, S.C. â€“ The Michigan State baseball team broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Furman, 6-2, Saturday night at Fluor Field in the First Pitch Invitational. MSU is now 3-0 at the tournament and will look to win its fourth straight against Miami-Ohio Sunday at 12 p.m.
The Spartans (4-2) scored an early run in the top of the first on a Jordan Keur RBI single and made it 2-0 in the third as freshman Ryan Krill hit his first collegiate homer.
Furman (3-5) got one run back in the bottom half of the third but was kept off the scoreboard again until the bottom of the eighth, when a Spartan throwing error contributed to an unearned run that tied the game at 2.
MSU broke the 2-2 stalemate with four runs in the top of the 11th while only collecting one hit. The Spartans quickly loaded the bases as Justin Scanlon singled, Torsten Boss walked, and Jordan Keur was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. A walk to Andy Johnson brought home Scanlon for the first run, and a Furman error by the second baseman led to the second run. With the bases still full later in the frame, Jimmy Pickens was hit by a pitch, and Ryan Jones was credited with an RBI for a bases-loaded walk.
Spartan lefty Jeff Kinley threw the final four innings of relief to earn his first career victory. Kinley struck out four and gave up three hits and just one unearned run.
Spartan starter David Garner fanned six in his five innings of work, allowing just three hits and one run.
Keur, Krill and John Martinez each two collected two hits to lead MSU at the plate.
The Spartans will look to close out the First Pitch Invitational with a perfect 4-0 record against Miami-Ohio on Sunday at 12 p.m. So far in the tournament, MSU has defeated Furman twice (4-2 and 6-2), and the RedHawks once (13-2). Gametracker will be available at msuspartans.com.