No. 25 MSU falls to USF, 2-0
MSU held scoreless to snap eight-game winning streak.
TAMPA, Fla. - The No. 25 Michigan State baseball team fell to South Florida on Saturday night, 2-0. The Bulls scored a run in each of the first two innings and that proved to be all they would need, as MSU was held to just five hits on the afternoon. The rubber match of the series will take place tomorrow at noon.
"We ran into a really good arm today," said head coach Jake Boss Jr. "Their guy really neutralized our offense. He had good velocity and a hard breaking ball that he was able to throw for a strike. He didn't allow us to make many adjustments. We have a chance to win the series tomorrow and we're going to see another really good arm. We've got to clear up some mistakes that led to their two runs. Good thing is we have a chance to compete again tomorrow."
USF starter Brandon Lawson threw 7.1 innings, allowed five hits and no earned runs while striking out eight. MSU starter Ethan Landon took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season, but pitched well, throwing 6.1 innings and allowing just one earned run on four hits.
USF's Luke Maglich was hit by a pitch in the first inning and advanced into scoring position on a failed pickoff attempt. That set up the Bull's cleanup hitter for an RBI single that gave USF the lead. South Florida then loaded the bases in the second and got their second run on a sac fly.
Michigan State's best chance came in the eighth inning when Marty Bechina and Jordan Zimmerman had back-to-back singles to put the tying run on base, but USF closer Tommy Eveld came on to retire the final two batters of the inning and get out of the jam.