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The Only Recap: Michigan State beats the Broncos in walk-off fashion

The Spartans split season series with Western

Michigan State won the “Clash at Comerica” in dramatic fashion — walking off in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-6 victory over the Western Michigan Broncos. Time for them to Row the Boat back to Minnesota...I mean Kalamazoo (too soon? lol).

With the bases juiced in the bottom of the ninth junior Chad Roskelly hit a high chopper to shortstop but he couldn’t corral it in time for the double play — resulting in a Spartan win.

The win improves Michigan State to 25-19 on the year but their B1G resume will remain unchanged.

Spartans Staying The Course

Marty Bechina was 2-for-4 on the night with a walk — Matt Byars went 2-for-3 with two walks and Kory Young finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.

This one was for all the marbles in the ninth inning and Chad Roskelly came up big with a nice short liner that proved trouble for the Broncos shortstop. In the box score it will show up as a fielders choice with nice hustle by Chad to make it to first safely. But in the eyes of Spartan fans it was for the win and that’s all that matters. He ends his night going 1-for-5 with two RBI.

  • Brandon Hughes (CF): .337 (56-166), 11 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI
  • Bryce Kelley (LF): .336 (40-119), 5 2B, 2 3B, 17 RBI
  • Alex Troop (P/1B): .329 (25-76), 6 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI
  • Chad Roskelly (DH): .303 (23-76), 4 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI

Quick Takeaways

  • It was a hard fought game on both sides. Each team had double digit hits and left a total of 27 runners on base. The pitching stepped up big time in some tough situations.
  • Certainly a nice win for the Spartans — they are now 7-2 when playing at Comerica Park.
  • Not sure this changes anything in the grand scheme of things but Michigan State now moves on to Eastern Michigan. An in-state foe that also beat them earlier in the year. Can they redeem themselves twice in the same week?

Next Series

The Spartans head back to East Lansing for a single home game against Eastern Michigan. First pitch is slated for 4:05 p.m. at McLane Stadium.