NCAA Baseball Tournament 2012: Michigan State Eliminated By Fresno State

Michigan State's season is over. The Spartans were eliminated from the 2012 NCAA baseball tournament on Saturday with an 8-2 loss to Fresno State.

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NCAA Baseball Tournament 2012, Michigan State Vs. Fresno State: Spartans Eliminated With 8-2 Loss

The Michigan State Spartans saw the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first time in 33 years, and it was a brief look-see more than a triumphant return. MSU played a very sloppy game against Pepperdine and lost 6-2 in the regional opener, and didn't fare much better in the loser's bracket against No. 4 Fresno State. MSU came into this tournament seeded No. 3, and lost to No. 4 by a score of 8-2.

Like game one, MSU just couldn't get anything done offensively. They only managed seven hits and two runs altogether, despite decent at-bats throughout. They picked up their two runs off of Thomas Harlan over four-plus innings, but were shutdown by Gene Escat and Taylor Garrison over the remainder of the game, picking up four hits but nothing else.

Escat picked up the win for Fresno State, while Andrew Waszak was handed the loss for the Spartans. He pitches seven innings and gave up eight hits and four runs, striking out four and walking three. Designated hitter Blaise Salter knocked in both runs for the Spartans, but it wasn't enough. They're now eliminated from the tournament.

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NCAA Baseball Tournament 2012, Michigan State Vs. Pepperdine: Spartans Topped In Regional Opener, 6-2

Knowing that a defeat would put them in a dangerous must-win situation, the Michigan State Spartans still couldn't find a way to get runners across the plate in a 6-2 loss to Pepperdine in Friday's Regional opener.

The Spartans mustered 10 hits as a team, but could not put together a big inning against Pepperdine starter Jon Moscot. Moscot, who was the unquestioned star of the contest, went all nine innings with four strikeouts to pick up the win. The 6-foot-4 junior was especially sharp when it counted, and gave up only two extra-base hits, a pair of doubles, to Michigan State hitters. Impact freshmen Ryan Krill and Jimmy Pickens each led the way for the Spartans with a pair of 2-for-4 performances from the dish, even though both players were unable to score a run.

With little time left to pick up the pieces after this loss, the Spartans will now play in Saturday's 4:00 pm EST elimination game against the loser of No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 4 Fresno State.

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