It came down to the last play, but M-State was on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat to Brookdale CC on Thursday. The game was tied at one with Brookdale CC batting in the bottom of the 11th when Ohanny Jesurum doubled off of Zach Thunselle, driving in the game winning run. The pitching was strong on both sides. Brookdale CC pitchers struck out ten, while M-State Spartans sat down 12. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Brookdale CC tied things up at one. Tyler Anderson started the game for M-State going seven innings, surrendering one run, four hits, striking out eight, and walking one. The Spartans had ten hits in the game. Thunselle and Travis Krueger each collected multiple hits.
Friday's games were much higher scoring games. Travis Krueger led the Spartans in the first game with three hits helping M-State jump out to an early lead over the Pioneers. But as the game moved to the bottom of the sixth Utica struck back taking a 10-6 lead and the Spartans couldn't recover scoring only one run in the in the seventh, finishing with a final score of 10-7.
M-State look to bounce back in game two of the double header and did just that. Travis Krueger starter earning the win for Spartans. He pitched five innings, allowing six runs, eight hits, and striking out six. Jay Zimmerman recorded the last six outs to earn the save for M-State. Krueger's hot day at the plate carried over into the second game when he singled in the first inning scoring a run. The Spartans would earn the win by a final score of 8-6.
"The last couple of days we have played some really good teams. Brookdale is a World Series contender every year so that was a good measuring tool for us. They have a lot of good players and I was happy to see our guys match them step for step," said Coach Hughes about the loss to Brookdale. "Utica was no easy team either. Those guys are very competitive and extremely disciplined hitters. I was really happy to see us battle with them. We probably should have won both games today but sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way. It was awesome to see Travis (Krueger) break out today. He has been hitting the ball hard all trip and finally found some holes. If he keeps that up we are going to be a dangerous team this year."