M-State Spartans defeated Central Lakes 13-7 on Tuesday thanks in part to Jakob Bradsteen, who drove in five runners. Bradsteen drove in runs on a walk in the fourth, a single in the fifth, and a double in the sixth to go along with a total of 11 hits by M-State. Central Lakes captured the lead in the first inning with two outs on a single that drove in one run. M-State Spartans evened things up at three in the bottom of the third inning. Tyler Anderson homered on a 3-2 count in the third inning, scoring one run. M-State took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning after an error, two walks and a single by Alex Hexum.
Zach Thunselle earned his first win of the year for M-State. He threw seven innings, surrendering seven runs, nine hits, and striking out four.
Central Lakes took an early lead in the first inning on a single scoring one run. M-State Spartans knotted the game up at three in the bottom of the second inning. Mike Boutain drove in one when he doubled in the second inning. . Central Lakes scored three runs in the third inning after a couple of singles off of Jay Zimmerman, driving in two runs. After Central Lakes scored one run in the top of the seventh, M-State Spartans answered with one of their own as Tyler Anderson singled off of Nik Gasner, driving in one run but it wasn't enough as Zimmerman took the loss for M-State. He pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs, seven hits, striking out two, and walking one. M-State had nine hits in the game. Jared Affield and Mike Boutain all had two hits to lead the Spartans.
"Today we learned a lot about our team. It was nice to see we are hitting the ball better but we are going to need our defense to step up if we are going to make a run into the postseason. We played well in parts of both games but going forward I'm hoping we can put together whole games from start to finish with consistency at the plate and in the field," says Coach Hughes after game two.