Spartans Hold Off Samford, 7-4

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Andrew Waszak gets his first collegiate win.

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Michigan State freshman starter Andrew Waszak went five innings, struck out three and gave up six hits en route to picking up his first collegiate victory as the Spartans defeated Samford, 7-4, on Tuesday night in Birmingham, Ala.


Reliever Kurtis Frymier came on with one out in the ninth and retired all three batters he faced to earn his second save of the year as MSU improved to 7-4. Samford is now 7-5. “It was a good first win for Andrew - we are certainly happy for him,” said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr.


With the Bulldogs leading, 1-0, Samford starter Arthur Strauss issued consecutive walks to Bo Felt and Andrew Carpenter to start the second inning, and the Spartans took advantage. After a single by Chris Roberts packed the bases, Ryan Jones came through with a bases-clearing triple to center field. Eli Boike made it 4-1 in favor of the Spartans later in the inning with a one-out single that scored Jones.


The Spartans chased Strauss in third inning and added to their lead with an RBI-single by Felt. With MSU leading, 5-1, in the bottom of the third, the Bulldogs began to peck away at the deficit as they got run scoring single with two outs. Th e Bulldogs made it a one-run game, at 5-4, in the fourth inning with another two-out hit. Th is time it was a two-RBI double to right field by Stephen Ballard.


Bulldog reliever Grant Sides walked two Spartans and hit Seth Williams to again load the bases for MSU in the top of the sixth. Another walk by Sides this time to Brandon Eckerle, brought in another Spartan run and made it a 6-4 game.


A run-scoring single by Felt in the top of the ninth frame provided insurance, and Frymier’s work in the bottom of the ninth, made it the final run of the game.

“Bo’s RBI in the ninth was big for us; he played very well tonight,” Boss said. “Ryan’s triple early in the game really gave us some important momentum as well.”


Th e Spartans had three players collect multiple hits Tuesday night as Felt, Roberts and Jones at had at least two hits. MSU will continue its spring trip when it takes on Alabama at 7:35 p.m. ET in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Wednesday.

The Spartans are now 7-4 on the young season.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

The Spartans are now 7-4 on the young season. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.