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The First Pitch Invitational didn't end as the Spartans had planned as they dropped the final game of the competition to the Miami-Ohio RedHawks by a final of 1-0 to finish the weekend 3-1. While in Greenville, S.C. the Spartans swept their two games against the hosting Furman Paladins and won their first matchup with the RedHawks.
RedHawks starter Shawn Marquardt was on his game on Sunday, tossing a three hit shutout against Michigan State and winning his first game of the season. The Spartans were fanned seven times, failed to draw a walk and only reached base four times on the day.
While Marquardt was shining, Spartans starter Mike Theodore, a red-shirt sophomore, toed the rubber for his first career start and dueled his RedHawks opponent most of the day. Theodore threw 7.2 innings while striking out five, walking two and allowing four hits. He was not charged with an earned run when 1B Ryan Krill made a throwing error in the third that allowed Miami-Ohio to plate their only run of the day.
Michigan State had their first ten batters retired before Justin Scanlon doubled in the fourth but remained stranded on second. The Spartans were unable to record another hit until the seventh when Jordan Keur got bat on ball for a two-out double. Marquardt's third allowed hit was again to Scanlon after 8.2 innings, but he was once again left stranded on base.
The final game may not have been what they were hoping for but the Spartans have to be happy with what they have accomplished so far this season and they need to get right back to things this upcoming weekend when they travel to College Station, Tex. to take on the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies in a three game series.