After sweeping Central Michigan to move to first place in the Mid-American Conference’s West Division, the Ball State baseball team visited Akron, Ohio, today to start a three-game series with the Akron Zips.

Starting pitcher T.J. Weir delivered another solid performance for the Cardinals, pitching seven innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits. Weir’s strong outing would not be enough as Ball State’s offense was slowed by Akron starter John Valek en route to a 2-5 defeat.

Trailing 0-5 to start the eighth inning, the Cardinals proceeded to load the bases before shortstop Alex Maloney earned a RBI walk and a wild pitch allowed center fielder Sean Godfrey to score. With two outs and runners on second and third, the Cardinals had an opportunity to close the deficit. But catcher Sam Tidaback grounded out to third base to end the rally.

With the loss the Cardinals fall to 30-15 on the season, and 14-4 in MAC play. Game 2 of the series with Akron is scheduled for  Saturday , with first pitch set at  1 p.m.