Spartan Baseball Falls to No. 15 Clemson

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Th e 15th-ranked Clemson Tigers scored six times over the fi nal four innings to break open a two-run game and handed

Tigers get six runs over the fi nal four innings.

 

Jonathan Roof went 2-for-3 on Saturday.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Jonathan Roof went 2-for-3 on Saturday. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

 

GREENVILLE, S.C. -The Michigan State baseball team its fi rst loss of the 2010 season, 10-2, on Saturday (Feb. 20) afternoon at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.

“Clemson is a very good team and took advantage of the mistakes we made so, credit to them,” said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. “We played

well, and outside of a few pitches, Tony (Bucciferro) threw a good game. Jonathan Roof had a good game today, too, and Bo Felt swung the

bat well again. He’s done a nice job here early on.”

Th e Tigers put up four runs in the second, keyed by a three-run homer off the bat of John Hinson. Th e Spartans responded to make it a 4-1

game in the bottom of the second when shortstop Jonathan Roof led off with a solo homer to left fi eld. MSU further threatened in the inning,

getting two more runners on base but, Clemson starter Scott Weismann got a pop out and double play to end the inning.

After the rocky second inning, Bucciferro settled and faced just one over minimum in the third, fourth and fi fth innings before the Spartans

made it a 4-2 game in the bottom of the fi fth. Bo Felt, who fi nished the game 3-for-4, led off the frame with a single to left fi eld. Later in the

inning with two outs, Brandon Eckerle scored Felt with a double to right center.

Th e two-run defi cit would be as close as the Spartans would come, as the Tigers’ used the long ball to score two runs in the sixth and three

more in the seventh to extend their lead. Th ey added one more in the ninth to make the fi nal, 10-2.

Bucciferro suff ered the loss for MSU, giving up six runs off six hits while striking out two in six complete innings of work.

Th e Spartans will wrap up their three-game swing in South Carolina on Sunday against Miami (Ohio) at 12 p.m. at Fluor Field.