Spartans Topple Penguins, 12-5, Wednesday

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State baseball bounced back from a disappointing game on Tuesday in hard-hitting, scoring fashion, beating Youngstown State, 12-5, in a wet and rainy McLane Stadium at Kobs Field.

Wednesday’s game concluded a modified eight-game “homestand” for the Spartans, going 5-3 in eight games, as MSU improved to 12-10 on the year. YSU slipped to 9-15 with the loss.

The game between the Spartans and Penguins on Wednesday was the first-ever on the diamond between the border state foes.

Wednesday’s inaugural meeting between the Spartans and Penguins got underway at 4:50 p.m. after a rain delay. However, once the game started, the Spartan bats were hot, throwing out 14 hits and scoring 12 runs, rebounding from a tough 12-3 loss to Bowling Green on Tuesday.

“We had a tough day yesterday and we had to come out and play better today and I thought we did that, so it was good to see,” the MSU head coach said. Jake Boss Jr. noted. “I think they’re probably doing a better job than me of putting one day aside and out of the next, so lots of credit to them. I think we put some big numbers in the first one, and I thought that our energy and enthusiasm was really good, the guys were excited to play today, even though we were a bit late due to rain, so I’m proud of them for being ready to play and to play well today.”

MSU took a 3-0 lead after a frame and a 7-1 advantage after two innings, adding a run in fifth and sixth before retiring with a three-run eighth.

The Spartans’ 12 runs were their sixth game this season with 10-plus runs, while the 14 hits were their 11th outing with double-digit hits.

“It was a much better day for the offense today; scoring early I think helped, and we mixed up the lineup a bit, just to give the guys a different look and maybe a different feel. and get a few new guys in there,” the boss said.

In total, nine different Spartans had at least one hit in the game. One of the new guys on the roster was the redshirt freshman designated hitter Sam Buschwho recorded his first hit as a Spartan in the third inning, adding another single in the seventh to go 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored, making his first start and playing his sixth game as a Spartan, coming soon with just six previous at bats before Wednesday.

“I’m really happy for Sam Buschhe had a few hits today,” Boss said. “He’s a hard worker and I know our guys were excited for him and fired up for him, so that was fun to watch.”

Second year outfielder Jack Frank led the offense going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, including a sixth-inning solo home run, going from opposite field to left center.

Jack Frank had a big day today, really took what he was given and put the barrel on the ball and hit a couple balls hard in the opposite field,” Boss said. “Overall, it was a good day for the offense.

Frank’s homer was his third of the season and is now tied for team leader, joining fellow sophomore infielder Thirty Farquhar and Mitch Jebb. Frank’s three hits were his eighth multi-hit outing, also tied for team leader, sharing it with junior outfielder Casey Maye. Frank also takes the lead in the team in average, now hitting .333 on the season.

“I honestly think most baseball players and especially me, just try to do the same thing every day, good, bad, indifferent, just try to do the same thing in practice, do the same thing before the game and whatever happens happens.” Franck said. “It’s kind of the mindset you have to have, because you never know exactly what’s going to happen. So I just came here with a cool head, and what happens, happens , and today was a good day.”

Frank’s three hits were among MSU’s 14 hits that day, rebounding from just five hits in Tuesday’s loss.

“I think we’ve had a bunch of instances where we don’t play as well and then we bounce back, and so I think it’s a good thing to test yourself early. It’s really easy when you win, but when you lose, you can see what you’re made of after that,” Frank said. “I think that’s a really important thing to learn, and especially as we get more into Big Ten games, even at Inside games you lose a few points in the first two sets, it’s really important that you can bounce back afterwards.”

Spartan bats rebounded, as did Frank and Busch, Jebb and the redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Williams also had several hits. Jebb was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including three on a goal-laden double in the second. Williams was 2 against with three runs scored and two ribbies, the first on a single in the first and the last on a double in the eighth.

Farquhar was 1 for 4 with a run scored, freshman rookie Bryan Brocker was 1 for 3 with two runs scored and one RBI while playing third base for the first time as a Spartan after playing catcher in his previous 17 games. Junior infielder Peter Ahn was 1 for 4 with two runs scored, Mayes was 1 for 3 and second infielder Brock Vradenburg was 1 for 1, replacing late in the set.

Throwing was also solid for the Spartans on Wednesday, as a rookie Aidan Arbaugh made his first collegiate start in his second appearance on the mound, going 2.0 GP with one strikeout. Junior Wyatt Rush went 3.0 IP with a K. Junior Andrew Carson went 2.0 IP with two Ks and gave up no points, picking up the win to move to 2-0. Second year Kyle Dunning went 1.0 innings with one hit and no runs, while a sophomore Dominique Hann threw a no-hitter, no-run ninth.

The Penguins threatened early in the first, with a two-out single to center from Braeden O’Shaughnessy, but Frank came throwing after the scoop and fired a frozen rope at Williams for the tag to catch YSU’s Steven D’Eusanio to keep visitors off the board.

MSU broke through with three runs in the first half. Leadoff batter Farquhar kicked off the rally with a walk, and Broecker drew a walk.

Two batters later, Williams singled down the right line to tackle Farquhar, and Frank followed with his own RBI single down the left side to drive Broecker. After Jebb walked, the junior outfielder Zaid Walker lined up center, but it was deep enough for the sacrifice fly and get Williams in.

The Penguins broke the ice in their scoring column in the second on a solo home run by Padraig O’Shaughnessy nearly 3-1.

MSU hung four runs on the board down the second, all part of a two-out rally, as Broecker ignited it with a single, and Ahn followed with a single of his own, before Williams walked for load bases. Frank hit a YSU field error, allowing Broecker to score. Jebb capitalized on the extra play by scoring a brace against the wall to left center for the three-point double and giving the Spartans a 7-1 advantage.

YSU responded with two runs in the third and two more in the fifth, to go 7-5.

It would be the Penguins’ closest, as MSU ran in fifth on a sack stolen by Broecker to score Busch, and Frank’s homer came in sixth.

Ahn kicked off the big inning in the eighth with a walk and stole the second. Williams doubled down the center to bring Ahn in, then Frank traded places with Williams with a brace down the left field line. Jebb then picked mid to tackle Frank for Spartan’s final score.

Michigan State continues the week of non-conference enemies by traveling to Evansville, Indiana, for a three-game non-conference series in Evansville, Friday-Sunday, April 1-3. MSU and Evansville open the series Friday at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT, followed by a first pitch at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT Saturday and end Sunday at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT.


Next week, the Spartans’ only midweek action is the 2022 Crosstown Showdown on Wednesday April 6, resuming the Crosstown Showdown after a two-year hiatus. The first pitch from Jackson® Field™ is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The Crosstown Showdown between the Lugnuts and Spartans began in 2007 as a celebration of baseball in Mid Michigan. From 2007 to 2019, the game was a huge success, attracting over 100,000 fans in total, averaging over 8,000 per game, aired on BTN in 2013 and featuring the three biggest crowds in the history of the stadium , including a crowd of 12,997 for the 2012 Showdown.


The game featured 37 future major leaguers between the two teams, including current MLB superstars Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., and Bo Bichette, who faced off in a memorable pregame Home Run Derby in 2016. .

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In addition to any other schedule updates, fans can follow matches with links for live stats, live audio (if available), and the Big Ten Network+ live stream at MSUSpartans.com.

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