The Ball State baseball team fell 3-4 to Kent State in round two of the Mid-American conference tournament  Thursday  night.

The Cardinals were held to five hits in the game and failed to have a base runner reach base after the sixth inning.

Scott Baker made the start, lasting 3.2 innings while allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits. The junior also struck out two Flashes’ hitters.

After falling behind 0-2 after the top of the first inning, the Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Sean Godfrey, conference player of the year, laced a two-run double to tie the score, and third baseman Ryan Spaulding put Ball State in front with an RBI groundout.

The Cardinals were unable to score again, however, and lost for the first time in this year’s conference tournament.

Ball State will face Western Michigan in an elimination game at 4:30 p.m. today.  The Cardinals defeated the Broncos in the first round of the tournament, 5-3, after taking two of three during the regular season from their rivals.