IOWA CITY, Iowa – Michigan State baseball defeated Iowa on Mother’s Day at Duane Banks Field, 4-2. The Spartans (29-16, 10-8 Big Ten) got an outstanding performance out of sophomore Mick VanVossen on the mound. He allowed just two runs, one earned in the win. Blaise Slater and Justin Hovis both notched RBIs for the Spartans.
With a runner on first and the Spartans leading 4-2, Jimmy Pickens ended the game with a nice play in right field, sliding to catch the ball in foul territory for the final out.
Salter went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Hovis went 1-for-4 with a RBI. Cam Gibson also went 2-for-5 for Michigan State.
MSU right-hander Mick VanVossen was dazzling in the win. He went 7 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, on four hits. He walked two, had three strikeouts and tossed 105 pitches in the win.
Andrew Hanse was saddled with the loss for the Hawkeyes. He went just 3 2/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits.
The game went scoreless until the Spartans put up three runs on three hits and one Iowa error in the third inning. Freshmen Cam Gibson and Justin Hovis both singled for MSU before Jimmy Pickens walked, loading the bases with two outs. Blaise Salter ripped a two-RBI single to left field and Pickens also scored on an Iowa throwing error.
The Hawkeyes got one run back in the third, scoring on an RBI from Nick Day. The run was unearned after a Spartan error.
MSU tacked on one run in the fifth inning after Gibson scored on an Iowa error. He singled through the left side and stole his 12th base of the season to put himself in scoring position.
Iowa threatened and scored one run in the eighth after Justin Alleman relieved VanVossen. Kris Goodman reached on a single before the Spartans made the move to the bullpen. Brand hit an RBI-single up the middle, scoring Yanich and the run was charged to VanVossen.
Alleman retired the first two batters in the ninth before Eric Toole single up the middle. Pickens sealed the game with a sliding catch in foul territory, giving Alleman his sixth save of the season.
Next up, the Spartans will head to Central Michigan on Wednesday to play the suspended game from April 17 at 1 p.m. and the originally scheduled contest at 3:05 p.m. The first game will be resumed in the bottom of the fifth inning with MSU leading, 1-0.