Mat Mikesell

Ball State baseball suffered its third consecutive defeat after losing at Belmont in 12 innings Friday night.

Junior left-handed pitcher Cal Bowling struggled early, giving up a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to Belmont's Nate Woods.

Belmont's lead grew to 5-0 by the fourth inning when Dylan Craig was responsible for a run and an RBI, which chased Bowling out of the game.

Ball State responded in the next inning with three runs to bring the score to 5-3 and took a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning.

In the ninth inning, the Bruins were able to tie the game at six after a sacrifice fly by Matt Zeblo allowed Craig to score from third base.

Belmont grabbed the victory in the bottom of the 12th inning from a sacrifice fly to center field allowed the game-winning run to score.

Bowling lasted only 4 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. He also walked a season-high five batters.

The loss drops Ball State to 2-14 on the season.

The Cardinals play the second game of the three game series at 1 p.m. today.