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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