BASEBALL: Hot start tested as team travels to Kentucky
Ball State’s baseball team is 9-3 so far this season, but a five-game road trip to Kentucky and Campbell should prove to be the team’s toughest stretch.
The Cardinals’ first stop will be Friday in Lexington, Ky., for a three-game series against the No. 22 ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky is 9-2 on the season and has used a seven-game winning streak to vault toward the top of the NCAA. The Wildcats have averaged 10.4 runs a game during its streak and have yet to lose at home.
For the Cardinals to come away with the series victory, the team will have to solve do-it-all junior A.J. Reed. As a starting pitcher for Kentucky, Reed is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.00. He has allowed two runs to score and is holding opposing batters to a sub .175 average. Reed also serves as the team’s designated hitter, and his numbers at the plate also are impressive. In 11 games, Reed has hit to the tune of .429 and boasts seven home runs and 20 RBIs.
After finishing its series in Lexington, the Cardinals will travel to Buies Creek, N.C., for a two-game set against the Campbell Camels. The series begins Tuesday. Campbell is 9-3 on the season, with eight of those victories coming at home.