SURPRISE, Ariz. – Michigan State scored two runs in the ninth inning to defeat second-ranked Oregon State, 8-7, Saturday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.
The Spartans overcame a 7-6 Oregon State lead heading into the eighth after the Beavers scored two in the bottom half of the eighth on a double to left center by Kavin Keyes.
Joel Fisher drove in the game-tying run when he reached on an error in the ninth, then watched as Ryan Krill scored the game-winner on a wild pitch from reliever Max Engelbrekt.
Engelbrekt took the loss, dropping to 0-1, after allowing three hits and two runs in one inning of work. The win went to Michigan State reliever Jake Lowery, the fourth Spartan pitcher. He gave up a hit in 1 1/3 innings to get the win and improve to 1-0.
The Beavers (4-2 overall) fought back from an early deficit after Joel Fisher put the Spartans up 4-0 with a grand slam in the first inning. OSU scored solo runs in the first and second innings then tied the game at five with three in the third, an inning highlighted by Dylan Davis' two-run home run.
Michigan State (4-1) retook the lead in the top half of the eighth when Cam Gibson blooped a single to left. That led to Keyes' double in the eighth.
Neither starter figured in the decision after each was touched early on.
OSU's Jace Fry allowed a grand slam in the first but settled down to allow nine hits and five runs over seven innings of work. The lefty tossed 103 pitches and struck out two in his second start of the season.
Fry's counterpart, Justin Alleman, allowed five runs and four hits in three innings of work. He threw 50 pitches and struck out two with one walk issued.
Michigan State out-hit the Beavers, 13-7, with Fisher leading the way with three. Oregon State was led by Keyes and Trever Morrison, who each posted two hits.
Oregon State returns to the field Sunday with a 10 a.m. PT (11 a.m. in Arizona) first pitch against No. 10 Indiana. Follow the game via the Beaver Sports Network and fans can also visit osubeavers.com for free live audio and live stats.
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