EAST LASNSING, Mich. – For the third straight day, Michigan State baseball defeated No. 12 Indiana in the last at-bat of the game at McLane Stadium. The Spartans (21-11, 5-4) led 5-3 heading into the ninth but a Michael Basil two-RBI double evened the game. With two outs and bases loaded in the ninth, sophomore Ryan Krill smacked a single to left field, sending home Ryan Richardson for the winning run.
Michigan State earned their third sweep of the season after taking down the Hoosiers (26-7, 8-4) on Sunday afternoon.
“It was a tremendous effort out of our guys,” head coach Jake Boss said. “I’m just really proud of these guys. The effort that they showed all weekend was tremendous against an outstanding ball club.
“I can’t remember being a part of anything like that,” Boss said. “Three walk-off wins, especially against that ball club. And we had the lead late, you thought it was over in the last two games and all of a sudden they tied it. Again, we showed some character. We didn’t quit and the guys just kept playing and believed they could get it done.”
Five different Spartans notched an RBI. Krill went 3-for-5 and Richardson went 2-for-4 with a double.
Indiana scored first on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ramos in the second inning and the Spartans took the lead in the third.
MSU scored a pair of unearned runs after Richardson laid down a bunt and the ball got away from the first baseman, scoring Justin Hovis all the way from first. Richardson later scored on a groundout by Anthony Cheky.
In the sixth inning, Jimmy Pickens led off with a triple to center field and later scored on an RBI-single from Blaise Salter. Salter scored on a single from Cam Gibson and Krill came in on a sac fly by Ryan Richardson.
The Hoosiers threatened in the eighth, scoring a pair of runs. Casey Smith had an RBI-single and Kyle Schwarber had a sac fly.
Sophomore Mick VanVossen took a no-decision. He threw 7 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He also walked three and struck out three.
Aaron Slegers also took a no-decision after throwing seven innings. He allowed nine hits and five runs, two earned. He struck out four and walked two.
Anthony Misiewicz came in to relieve VanVossen. He was credited with the win after throwing 1 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth.
Indiana tied the game on a two-RBI double down the right field line by Michael Basil with two outs in the ninth.
Ryan Halstead came in the throw the ninth for the Hoosiers. Richardson led off with a double through the left side and Anthony Cheky was intentionally walked. Jimmy Pickens was hit and the bases were loaded with one out after Joel Fisher struck out. Halstead got another strike out, this time against Salter, bringing Ryan Krill to the plate.
On a 2-1 count, Krill singled through the left side, sending home Richardson for the winning run. The Spartans celebrated by rushing out of the dugout and onto the field for the third straight game.
Michigan State is back in action on Tuesday at home against Toledo at 3:05 p.m. at McLane Stadium.