Spartans Split with #3 Rank Team in the Country, SCTCC

Spartans Split with #3 Rank Team in the Country, SCTCC

In game one M-State and St. Cloud Tech traded the lead back-and-forth in a tight game. St. Cloud Tech captured the lead in the first inning on a single scoring one run but M-State scored four runs in the second inning to answer back. The Spartans scored on an error, a fielder's choice by Jared Affield, and a single by Mike Boutain. St. Cloud Tech scored four runs in the sixth inning to tie up the ball game and eventually send it to extra innings. In the eighth inning the Spartans regained the lead by scoring three runs in the top half of the inning but St. Cloud Tech knotted the game up at nine in the bottom of the eighth on a double scoring one run. The game was tied at nine with M-State batting in the top of the ninth. The Spartans proceeded to load the bases with two outs. Alex Hexum came to the plate and hit a sharp groundball that couldn't be handled by the Cyclones shortstop allowing Jakob Bradsteen to score the go ahead run. Jared Affield came in and shut door from there to earn the win.

Travis Krueger started the game for M-State Spartans. He pitched six innings, surrendering six runs, eight hits, and striking out three. Affield earned the win in relief tossing two innings, surrendering one run, five hits, striking out four, and walking one.

M-State Spartans collected 13 hits, including three hit by Zach Thunselle, Brandon Hill, and Mike Boutain. M-State Spartans didn't commit a single error in the field.

In the second half of the doubleheader M-State Spartans watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 9-1 loss. St. Cloud Tech took an early lead in the second inning. On an error that scored two runs for St. Cloud Tech CC. St. Cloud Tech scored four more runs late in the game to put the game out of reach. Tyler Anderson pitched 4.1 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out two batters.

The Spartans collected 22 hits on the day.

"I thought we played really well today. We are starting to hit our stride at plate which will be big down the stretch. They always say you want to be playing your best at the end of the season and I think we are starting to get there. Next week will be a big test for our team," says Coach Hughes.