Mar 3, 2012

Aggies Shut Down Spartans

From MSU Spartans Baseball Facebook Page
By Sean Gagnier

No. 5 Texas A&M shut out the Michigan State Spartans, 4-0, beating the green and white for the second straight day on Saturday. The Spartans got another spectacular outing from starter Andrew Waszak but were unable to get any runners across to help him out.

TAMU was held to just five hits on the day but made the most out of them, striking the Spartans starter Waszak for three runs, only one of which was earned, in his six innings of work. Waszak had another stellar performance on the mound for Michigan State as he scattered four hits and fanned four Aggies in his time on the mound.

Despite their pitcher's performance the Spartans were unable to get to TAMU starter Ross Stripling who simply out dueled Waszak surrendering just five hits and fanned five in his eight innings of work. Errors proved costly for the Spartans for the second straight game when Ryan Jones committed an error which lead to three runs in the second.

Michigan State threatened in the fifth when they loaded the bases off a TAMU error and two walks, but Jones grounded into a fielder's choice that ended the inning for the Spartans. Errors aside, Michigan State once again stranded 10 runners on base, something that Coach Jake Boss Jr. called "frustrating" in the opening game of the series.

Boss called on David Garner, usually a starter, to relieve Waszak in the seventh and he surrendered one run on a Matt Juengel single. The loss drops the Spartans to 4-5 on the season and the Aggies improved to 10-1.

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