IOWA CITY -- The Michigan State Spartans completed a three-game sweep over the Iowa Hawkeye baseball team with a 14-5 win Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
"We had opportunities today, but we just didn't get it done" Head Coach Jack Dahm said. "We matched Michigan State in hits with 16, but we left too many on base and in scoring position. We didn't do what we needed to do to be successful today."
To lead the Black and Gold, offensively, Sean Flanagan went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. This is the first three-hit game of his short college career. Mike McQuillan and Ryan Durant each went 3-for-5 with one RBI. Dallas Burke went 2-for-4. The Hawkeyes scattered 16 hits in the loss.
Michigan State (17-23, 8-7) struck first, plating one in the first. The Hawkeyes (14-25, 3-11) tied it up in the bottom of the frame, 1-1. Burke led things off with a hit-by-pitch and moved to second on a McQuillan single. Durant put the ball in play and picked up an RBI.
Iowa took advantage of a two-out error and scored two unearned runs to lead 3-1. Zeise hit a deep fly ball to right and got to second on an outfield error. Flanagan took advantage of the Spartan error and hit a two-run bomb to center.
The Michigan State offense erupted in the third, scoring three. It continued scoring in the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth innings. All nine Spartan starters registered at least one hit in today's victory over the Black and Gold. Michigan State was led by Eric Roof and Johnny Lee. Roof went 2-for-3 with five RBI and a grand slam, while Lee went 3-for-5 with three RBI.
Iowa added a one run in the seventh and eighth innings--however the Spartan lead was too great.
Iowa returns to action Tuesday when the Hawkeyes meet Northern Iowa for the final time in the Corridor Classic. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
GAME SUMMARY Mich State 104 410 301 -- 14 16 1 Iowa 120 000 110 -- 5 16 2
WP - Bucciferro (4-1) LP - Robertson (2-3)