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Spartans punished by gophers to even series

MINNEAPOLIS — Michigan State baseball’s Big Ten Conference weekend series at Minnesota was tied at one game apiece after the Gophers punished the Spartans Saturday afternoon at Minnesota’s Siebert Field, on a day when that the Gophers celebrated head coach John Anderson.

Coach Anderson announced in December that he would retire after this season, his 43rd at the helm of the Gophers, and Minnesota had a special pregame ceremony honoring its head coach. Nearly 300 former players, coaches, staff and families were on the field as part of the ceremony, and a full house was in attendance.

The loss evened the series after Michigan State won Friday night’s opener, 6-4, heading into Sunday’s series game.

Additionally, the loss snapped the Spartans’ five-game winning streak over the Gophers and was their first loss to Minnesota since 2021, as MSU has won six of the last eight and seven of the last 12 in the series.

Michigan State leveled its Big Ten record at 10-10, while falling to 22-24 overall. MINN moves to 22-22 overall and 8-12 in B1G play.

First year student Ryan McKay was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while junior outfielder Nick Williams He was 2 for 3 with a run scored. older gardeners Jack Frank and Greg Ziegleralong with junior designated hitter bright noahsecond year infielder Randy Seymourjunior gardener Jayden Terres and novice gardener Landen Lozier They all had one hit each. N.Williams, Lozier and second-year outfielder Jake Dresselhouse runs scored.

On the mound, senior starter Nick powerssecond year student Nolan Higginssenior Nick Ferazziyoung Dominic Pianto and freshman Jaxon Huffman was in battles.

Powers broke into the MSU Career Strikeout Top 10 list, now at No. 10 with 181 Ks, surpassing Mick VanVossen (2012-15) and Mickey Sinks (1959-61).

The Gophers came out firing with a five-run first frame, including a bases-clearing double as part of the three hits. Minnesota added a run in each of the second and third stanzas with single home runs in each frame for a 7-0 lead. The home team added two more in the fourth before posting six in the fifth.

The Spartans got on the board in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs after N.Williams led off with a single, moved to second on Ziegler’s single and third on McKay’s walk. N.Williams scored on a double play grounder for MSU’s first run of the day, to pull within 15-1, but then Minnesota plated a pair in the seventh.

Michigan State added two more in the top of the seventh. Dresselhouse led off with a pinch-hit walk and two batters later, Lozier singled through the right side to move Dresselhouse to third. McKay followed with a single to right to drive in Dresselhouse. Bright reached on a Gopher throwing error and Lozier scored on the play.

Minnesota scored two runs in the seventh and two in the eighth for the final score of 21-3.

Michigan State and Minnesota conclude the weekend with the series finale on Sunday at 2 pm ET/1 pm CT in the Spartans’ final regular-season road game.

MSU returns home to McLane Stadium at Kobs Field for its final four games of the 2024 regular season, beginning with a non-conference matchup with Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, May 14 in a first pitch at 6: 05 pm at McLane Stadium in Kobs Field.

The Spartans then host Nebraska in a three-game B1G weekend series, Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 to conclude the regular season. Thursday and Friday’s game will begin at 6:05 p.m., while Saturday’s game is scheduled for first pitch at 1:05 p.m. Saturday is also MSU Senior Day, as the Spartans will honor their senior players and coaches in a pregame ceremony, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to join the celebration.

Fans can follow the MSU baseball action with the “Tickets,” “Watch Live,” “Listen Live” and “Live Stats” links at MSUSpartans.com.

Michigan State’s schedule is subject to change; Stay tuned to MSUSpartans.com and @MSUBeball on Twitter for schedule updates.

Individual game tickets are also on sale through the Spartan Box Office.