Steven Williams

Two home runs from junior first baseman Billy Wellman weren't enough for Ball State (11-32, 6-15) to salvage a win in the home finale in the 9-7 loss Sunday against Western Michigan (20-24, 10-10).

Ball State fell behind early but scored four runs in the eighth and ninth innings to attempt a comeback.

Wellman had the chance to be the hero again but fell short flying out to center field with two runners on base.

Sophomore Jacob Brewer got the start for the Cardinals but didn't even make it out of the first inning. He recorded only two outs, one of which was on a sacrifice bunt attempt.

Western Michigan scored 5 runs in the first on three hits and a walk and chased Brewer from the game. From there the bullpen allowed four runs over the next 8 1/3 innings.

Sophomore shortstop T.J. Weir also homered for the third time this season.

It was the second straight weekend Ball State has been swept.

Ball State will now finish the rest of the season on the road starting with Valparaiso on Wednesday at 3 p.m. (CT).