BASEBALL: Ball State to begin conference play against Ohio
Cardinals look for fresh start
The wins have become scarce, while the losses have piled up.
For the Ball State (2-17) baseball team, the season starts over as it plays host to the Ohio Bobcats to begin Mid-American Conference play.
The two teams will go head-to-head in the first of three games Friday at 3 p.m. at Ball Diamond.
The Cardinals have hit rock bottom, dropping six straight contests, their last being a 10-2 blowout by Indiana. The offense has been virtually non-existent, averaging just three runs per game during the losing streak.
Junior infielder Mitch Widau has a team-high batting average of .368 and has been the Cardinals main source of offensive production. The former walk-on has collected six RBIs in his last five games.
Ohio (11-9) arrives in Muncie riding a three-game winning streak and has been victorious in five of their last six games. The Bobcats defeated Duke 6-3 in their last outing on Tuesday.
Freshman infielder Taylor Emody leads the Bobcats with a .300 batting average, while senior catcher Trace Voshell heads the team with 15 RBI on the season.
With conference play set to begin today, both the Cardinals and Bobcats are looking for an early edge in the MAC.
Games 2 and 3 are set for Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Ball Diamond.