Watch: MSU baseball turns triple play in loss

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Michigan State baseball made some history Saturday.

Of course, it also lost the game.

“Would trade it for a W,” Spartans coach Jake Boss said.

Michigan State turned a triple play in the second inning of Saturday’s 5-2 loss at Nebraska. It was the Spartans’ first triple play since the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and the first triple play in the Big Ten since Penn State in 2014.

On the season, it was the first triple play in the conference, and the 11th in the NCAA.

The triple play came in the bottom of the second inning, after Nebraska had loaded the bases with nobody out — a serious threat against pitcher Jake Lowery.

But Lowery then got Nebraska’s Jesse Wilkening to hit a hot chopper to third base.

Michigan State’s Marty Bechina fielded the grounder and stepped on third, then threw to second baseman Dan Durkin, who made the relay to first baseman Zack McGuire.

The Spartans then took a 1-0 lead the next half-inning, but ended up losing the game.

Boss didn’t remember his team ever turning a triple play in his tenure, but remembered his team hitting into two triple plays in the same game against Penn State in 2014.

Michigan State (27-21, 9-12 Big Ten) won the series opener against Nebraska (31-17-1, 13-6-1) on Friday, but lost the last two games of the series.

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