No. 6 Clemson Defeats Spartan Baseball, 8-0

Ben Phlegar

 

Tigers hand MSU its first loss of the season.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.
Tigers hand MSU its first loss of the season. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

 

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Michigan State baseball team lost its first game of the season Sunday afternoon as sixth-ranked Clemson defeated the Spartans, 8-0, in the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field.

The Tigers, who advanced to the College World Series last season, collected 12 hits and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four innings. Clemson first baseman Richie Shaffer hit a solo homer in the eighth, and the Tigers (5-1) added three more runs in the ninth to go up, 8-0.

Michigan State (5-1), off to its best five-game start since 1964, was limited to four hits in the contest. Jeff Holm doubled in the second, Brandon Eckerle doubled in the sixth, and Jordan Keur went 2-for-3. Eckerle now has a hit in every game this season and is hitting .696 (16-for-23).

Kevin Brady (2-0) earned the win for Clemson, striking out nine and giving up just four hits in seven innings of work. Andrew Waszak (1-1) took the loss for MSU, as he surrendered four runs and six hits in five innings.

The Spartans return to action next week as they begin an eight-game spring trip to Florida. MSU opens up against SIU-Edwardsville Friday, March 4 in Daytona Beach, Fla., at 3 p.m. for the Bethune-Cookman Invitational.

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