EAST LANSING – The Michigan State baseball team fell in its home finale to Nebraska, 4-1, on a rain-soaked Monday afternoon at McLane Baseball Stadium. Anthony Cheky, Ryan Krill and Ryan Richardson all finished with two hits for MSU, which is now 26-23 overall and 8-13 in the Big Ten.
With heavy rainfall and lighting in the area throughout the day, the start of the game was delayed one hour and 30 minutes. After a lighting delay in the bottom of the eighth inning, the game was eventually called. Because the teams did not complete the eighth inning, statistics were counted through seven innings.
“Things like today happen and there’s nothing you can do about it,” said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. “It’s disappointing to lose at home. We’re disappointed in how we played all weekend. It was a tough weekend for our guys but credit Nebraska.”
The Cornhuskers (35-17, 16-5) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, scoring all three runs with two outs. With runners on first and second, Blake Headley singled to center field, scoring Ryan Boldt. A throwing error on the play by Cheky allowed Jake Placzek to come home as well. Another RBI single by Tanner Lubach made it 3-0.
Headley upped the Nebraska lead to 4-0 with an RBI single in the top of the third.
Nebraska starting pitcher Kyle Kubat faced one over the minimum through 4 1/3 innings and after the Spartans put together consecutive one-out singles in the bottom of the fifth, a 6-4-3 double play quickly ended the frame.
The Spartans had another chance to get on the board in the sixth. Blaise Salter’s single to deep right field moved Cheky over to the third to give MSU runners on the corners with two outs, but Kubat got Jimmy Pickens to ground out to shortstop, ending the inning.
A solo home run by Krill into the Red Cedar River in the seventh was the Spartans lone run of the afternoon. The home run was Krill’s third of the season.
Kubat allowed seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his fourth win of the season.
MSU starting pitcher Cam Vieaux yielded four runs (three earned) off seven hits in four-complete innings. He fell to 6-4.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow when they travel to Comerica Park for to face Central Michigan in the fourth annual Clash at Comerica at 7 p.m.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to get back down there and play,” Boss said.