Ninth inning rally comes up short for the Spartans.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Michigan State baseball team fell to Iowa, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon in Iowa City. The Spartans threatened in the ninth by scoring a run and putting the potential tying run on base, but Iowa closer Josh Martsching finished off the game to earn his fourth save of the season. MSU is now 33-14 on the year and 12-8 in the Big Ten.
Junior Matt Byars got things started for the Spartans in the ninth with a leadoff double. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Dan Chmielewski sent a single through the right side to make it 3-1. Justin Hovis drew a two-out walk to put two runners on base with two outs, but a strikeout ended the threat and the game.
“These guys keep competing,” said head coach Jake Boss Jr. “I give them a lot of credit. It’s something they’ve done all year and will continue to do. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come up with the big hit in the ninth. It was too little, too late. You’ve got to be ready right from the start."
Iowa starter Tyler Peyton kept the Spartans in check in his seven inning of work, allowing just three hits to earn his third win of the season.
The Hawkeyes (23-25, 9-11) jumped out to an early lead in the second inning on an RBI single to right field by Grant Klenovich to go up 1-0.
Iowa extended the lead to three in the fourth on a two-run home run. Mason McCoy walked to start the inning, setting up Eric Schenck- Joblinkske to send his second homer of the season over the right field fence.
Starter Joe Mockbee (2-1) took the loss for the Spartans, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Redshirt sophomore Jake Lowery came on in relief with two runners on in the fourth and got a strikeout to get out of the inning. Lowery pitched 2.2 innings, allowing just two hits while striking out four.
The rubber match of the series will take place tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. ET.