Ball State’s junior infielder Sean Kennedy hits the ball in the game against Dayton on March 19. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
Cardinals top Valparaiso 3-2
Ball State baseball (15-11, 2-1 MAC) fell behind against Valparaiso (8-14, 4-2 Horizon League), but came back to win 3-2 on the road.
Ball State trailed 2-0 in the top of the sixth when junior second baseman Sean Kennedy hit a two-run home run off Valparaiso right-handed pitcher Ellis Foreman to tie the game.
Junior right fielder Alex Call led off the top of the seventh with a single to centerfield and then stole second. Call advanced to third on a sacrifice fly from junior first baseman Caleb Stayton.
Upcoming schedule (* denotes MAC game)
Friday, April 1, 3 p.m. – vs. Ohio*
Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m. – vs. Ohio*
Sunday, April 3, 1 p.m. – vs. Ohio*
Tuesday, April 5, 3 p.m. – vs. Xavier
Cleanup hitter and catcher Jarrett Rindfleisch, also a junior, knocked in Call with an RBI single down the left field line for the 3-2 lead.
Junior left-handed pitcher Evan Korson (1-1, 3.86 ERA) was credited with the win after relieving sophomore right-handed starter Brendan Burns (3-1, 2.86 ERA) in the fourth inning.
Ball State is now 2-0 against in-state competition, including the win against Valparaiso and a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Purdue March 22.
In its next game, Ball State will host Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio University (10-13, 1-2 MAC). The series will kick off April 1 at 3 p.m., followed by 1 p.m. games on April 2 and 3.