Trojans 4-0 over Big Ten

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 2, 2001

The Troy State baseball team took the second game of a three-game weekend series against Michigan State, 5-4, at Riddle-Pace Field on Saturday. The Trojans now lead the series 2-0.

The Trojans also won in the ninth inning over the Spartans by the same score on Friday.

The Trojans sent nine men to the plate and took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Spartan pitcher Kyle Geswein walked four batters and allowed two hits in the inning, which allowed the first three batters to score.

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Michigan State’s Scott Koerber knocked in his team?s first run of the game in the top of the second inning, scoring Geswein who had reached on a double to right field.

Senior Ryan Petersen had his second walk and second run scored of the day in the bottom of the same inning to put the Trojans ahead, 4-1.

Both teams put a run on the board in the fourth inning, with Michigan State?s Geswein hitting an RBI single through the right side of the field to score center fielder Bob Wattles and Troy State’s catcher Lance Newman singling through the right side to score center fielder Al Stephens.

The Spartans (0-2) scored the next two runs of the game after another RBI single by Geswein to score Wattles and a seventh-inning home run by second baseman Don Watchowski.

Troy State then held Michigan State scoreless during its next two at bats, to hold on to the one-run lead after the top of the ninth inning.

Jason Bernard (4-0), a senior from Panama City, Fla., was the pitcher of record for the Trojans. Bernard, throwing his third complete game of the season, allowed nine hits and four runs with seven strikeouts on the mound.

Troy State increased its winning streak to six following Saturday’s game.

The final game of the series will be on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Riddle-Pace Field. The Trojans will then face Southern Mississippi at home on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.