BASEBALL: Ball State falls to Purdue
Boilermakers sweep Cards in home series
Ball State (12-32) dropped a 14-9 contest versus in-state and Big Ten rival Purdue Wednesday afternoon to complete its non-conference schedule.
In search for revenge following an 8-5 heartbreaking loss on April 12, Ball State couldn't come back from an eight-run deficit.
Purdue (31-16) scored 12 runs in the first three innings to put Ball State in an early hole.
The Cardinals rallied back, coming within three runs, but the Boilermakers drove in two runs in the bottom of the eighth to close the door on the red and white.
Freshman left-hander Nestor Bautista has had trouble against the Boilermakers this season.
Bautista (0-5) has started for Ball State in both games against Purdue and has been dealt a loss in each of them.
Bautista lasted 1/3 of an inning, surrendering four earned runs on four hits before coach Alex Marconi pulled him.
It was a game that featured eight Ball State pitchers, seven of which worked an inning or less.
At the plate, the Cardinals were successful.
Senior T.J. Baumet turned in a four-for-five performance, with a run scored. Junior Tim Issler went three-for-five, while freshman T.J. Weir went two-for-five, with a pair of runs and three RBIs.
Ball State will be back in action this weekend as it travels to DeKalb, Ill., for a three-game series with Mid-American Conference West division rival Northern Illinois.