EAST LANSING, Mich. - Both Kyle Day and Jamey Embree were just a double away from hitting for the cycle as Michigan State (9-9) baseball reached the .500 mark, with a 14-5 triumph over Grand Valley State Wednesday. Day, who hit his first career home run, went 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and four runs scored. Embree finished the day hitting 3-for-4 with three RBI, launching his second home run of the season and his third triple in two games.
"This was a great win for us as we get ready to open Big Ten play this weekend against Indiana," MSU head coach David Grewe stated. "We were really sharp and aggressive at the plate."
The Green and White did its damage early, scoring 13 of its 14 runs in the first three innings. Day notched his first RBI in the Spartans' opening at bat, and Alan Cattrysse drove in two more runs as State jumped ahead 3-0 after one.
Grand Valley (15-6) battled back in the second and knotted the game at 3-3. Casey Robrahn hit a two-run single and Nate Secor tied the game with an RBI triple before Spartan starter Mike Takashima could get out of the inning.
Tied at three apiece heading into its at bat in the second, Michigan State erupted for five runs. Tony Clausen recorded a sacrifice fly while Day and Embree each unloaded two-run homers as State took an 8-3 lead.
The Spartans continued their hot hitting in the third inning, batting through the lineup and again posting five runs. Steve Gerstenberger, Troy Krider, Day, Sean Walker and Embree each produced RBI hits as the Green and White built a commanding 13-3 lead.
Trying to get something going on offense, GVSU cut the lead to 13-5 with a solo home run by Nate Secor in the fourth and another run in the fifth, but the Spartan bullpen silenced the Laker bats for the remainder of the game. State added is final run in the bottom of the fifth for a 14-5 win.
Reliever Chris Cullen (1-0) was credited for the win, allowing one run on two hits in 1.0 inning of work. GVSU reliever Vince Rizzi (2-3) took the loss.
Secor, Casey Robrahn and Nick Sandy each went 2-for-4 for Grand Valley.
The MSU baseball team returns to action this weekend, March 31-April 1, as it opens Big Ten play with a four-game series against Indiana (8-10) at Oldsmobile Park in Lansing. The first game of the series is set for Friday at 3 p.m.