DETROIT - Michigan State scored five runs in the early innings and made its lead stand up in a 5-2 win over Central Michigan in the second annual "Clash at Comerica" on Tuesday night.
William Arnold's run-scoring single in the first staked the Chippewas (28-26) to an early 1-0 lead, but MSU starter Mick VanVossen retired 13 of the next 14 Chippewas while the Spartans (34-17) scored twice in the second, twice in the third and once in the fourth to claim the nonleague contest, played at the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park.
With the win, Michigan State completed a three-game season sweep of the Chippewas, who saw their longest winning streak since 2007 snapped at 10 games.
Michigan State took the lead for good in the top of the second when Joel Fisher drove the first pitch he saw from Rick Dodridge into the bullpen in left field for his first home run of the season. Ryan Krill, who led off the inning with a single, scored on the roundtripper.
The Spartans took advantage of a pair of CMU miscues to add two more runs in the third. Justin Scanlon led off the inning with a triple deep into the corner in left, and Torsten Boss drew a one-out walk to put runners on the corners. Dodridge's pickoff throw to first went wide of the bag, allowing Scanlon to score and Boss to move to second. Boss then advanced to third on a wild pitch and eventually scored on a single by John Martinez.
Scanlon drove in the Spartans' final run in the fourth, singling home Anthony Cheky with one out.
CMU had scoring opportunities in both the sixth and seventh innings, but managed just one run on Eric Wrozek's two-out solo home run in the seventh. Nate Theunissen drew a two-out walk in the sixth, but was thrown out trying to score from first on Sam Russell's double over the left fielder's head.
In the seventh, Wrozek's homer came just after Nick Regnier hit into a 6-4-3 double play that negated a leadoff single by Jordan Adams.
VanVossen improved to 4-0 on the season for MSU. He surrendered just the two runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking two. Jeff Kinley and Tony Wieber combined to shut the Chippewas out over the final two frames; Wieber recorded his team-high eighth save of the season.
Dodridge took the loss for CMU, falling to 2-6. He lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits. He also issued three walks.
Scanlon was 3-for-3 with a pair of walks to lead the MSU offense. He scored once and drove in a run.
Five different Chippewas had one hit apiece.
CMU closes the regular season with a three-game Mid-American Conference series against Western Michigan beginning Thursday at Theunissen Stadium. The Chippewas enter the series one game behind Toledo in the MAC West Division standings.