With production from the third base position lacking, MSU coach Jake Boss elected to shake things up after losing three games in a row to Texas A&M.
The experiment with preseason All-American Torsten Boss in centerfield seeming over, the coach moved Boss back to third base.
In his place in centerfield, he inserted freshman Tony Cheky — who had just one previous at-bat — into the starting lineup against Baylor on Wednesday. He hit in the ninth spot, recording a hit, two runs and a steal in the Spartans 4-0 win.
The next game, an 8-5 win against Xavier, he found himself in the leadoff spot. He responded with two hits and two more steals.
More importantly, he keyed the Spartans comeback from a 5-3 deficit when he started off the rally with a single and a stolen base in the bottom of the seventh. The Spartans scored three to take the lead, and added two more in the eighth to seal the win.
“Anthony plays the game hard and his speed affects the game,” Jake Boss said.
The following night, MSU played a scoreless game for 14 innings with Seton Hall before the Pirates broke through with three runs in the top of the 15th. This time, Cheky was on the other end of the rally.
Andrew Carpenter had a two-run scoring single to tie the game and brought Cheky to the plate with one out two runners on, and he promptly drove the ball for a single into right field to bring home the winning run from third and the Spartans won 4-3.
MSU dropped the final game of the road trip 3-1 to Pittsburgh, after sophomore David Garner allowed two run in the top of the eighth to provide Pitt with the winning margin.
Garner threw six scoreless innings earlier in the trip to pick up the win against Baylor. Jordan Keur and Jimmy Pickens had two hits each against the Bears.
Torsten Boss, Keur and Pickens had two hits apiece against Xavier and Bryce Jenney picked up the win in relief.
Andrew Waszak took another hard no-decision after a great outing against Seton Hall. He threw 7.2 scoreless innings and allowed just five hits, striking out four and walking two. Ryan Jones went 5 for 7 in the game which lasted almost six hours. John Martinez and Justin Scanlon had two hits each.
The Spartans and Pirates combined for 28 hits and 35 runners left on base.
Keur and Scanlon had two hits apiece in the loss to Pittsburgh. Keur leads the team with a .393 batting average.
The Spartans now are 7-7 this season.