Quietly, Blake Beemer established himself as Ball State University's everyday center fielder. Now, halfway through the season, he is establishing himself as a force at the top of the lineup.
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Ball State (17-19) scored six runs in the first two innings, and Brad Piatt (1-3) gave the team his best start of the season for the win. Ball State will take its latest success on the road to Butler University today, but more importantly, to Central Michigan University this weekend. The Chippewas lead the Cardinals by a game in the Mid-American Conference.
Still looking for its first win of the year against an in-state, Division I rival, Ball State University will have two more chances this week starting with Indiana State University on Tuesday.
Ball State (16-19, 9-3) won the first two games of its series against the University at Buffalo (16-17, 4-8) before falling 11-7 in 11 innings Sunday. The Cardinals have won their first four MAC series for the first time since 2005.
Down quickly to the University at Buffalo, Ball State University scored the last six runs of the game for a 6-5 victory.
A sweep would be very beneficial to Ball State's MAC West title hopes after it fell out of first place last weekend, despite winning twice at Bowling Green State University. The University of Toledo and Central Michigan University are tied for first, a game ahead of Ball State.
Kolbrin Vitek has shot to the top of draft boards across the majors with three great seasons in a Cardinals uniform. This year he leads Ball State in every major offensive category from batting average (.417) to home runs (9).
First baseman Ian Nielsen led the Cardinals (14-18) with his second big game in five days, going 4-for-5 with three prodigious home runs and seven RBIs. The sophomore's slugfest came on the heels of his two-home run, eight-RBI performance Saturday at Bowling Green State University.
Ball State lost 10-5 at Purdue University on Tuesday despite allowing just two earned runs. The Cardinals (13-18) committed three errors, two coming in the Boilermakers' seven-run fourth inning.
Still looking for its first victory against a Big Ten team this year, Ball State University will travel to West Lafayette on Tuesday to take on Purdue University.
Ball State defeated Bowling Green State University 32-10 Saturday but lost the series finale Sunday. Despite a 9-3 loss that cost the Cardinals (13-17, 7-2) their second conference sweep in as many weekends, they were happy with their results.
Ball State defeated Bowling Green State University 32-10, setting the school record for most runs, hits (29) and at bats (58) in a game. The previous runs record was 31, which the Cardinals (13-16, 7-1) had done twice, most recently in 2006.
Ball State (12-16) opened a three-game series at Bowling Green State University with a 12-6 victory Friday. The Cardinals beat reigning MAC Pitcher of the Year Brennan Smith (1-4) with a big offensive day. They had 18 hits and scored 12 runs, despite stranding 17 runners.
Bowling Green (8-15-1, 2-4) will be looking to turn around their disappointing season against Ball State (11-16, 5-1) when the three-game series begins today at 3 p.m.
With Opening Day for the Minor Leagues today, center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker will return to the Boston Red Sox Class A affiliate in Greenville, S.C., and shortstop Dean Anna will open the year with San Diego Padres' Class A team in Fort Wayne. Four other former Cardinals are also playing in the minor leagues, including former first round draft picks Bryan Bullington and Brad Snyder, who are in AAA.
The loss snapped the Cardinals' four-game winning streak and was its first loss to Indiana in five games dating back to 1998.
Ball State heads to Indiana for a nonconference game with a four-game winning streak on the line.
A notebook from Ball State's home opening series against Miami.
Ball State completed a three-game sweep of Miami on Sunday with a 17-8 victory. The Cardinals (11-15, 5-1) have won both MAC series this year and are on a four-game winning streak.
The Cardinals (10-15) scored six in the fourth inning and coasted to their third-straight victory. Starting pitcher Cal Bowling (1-3) took advantage of the big inning for his first win of the season. RedHawks starter Brooks Fiala (2-2) took the loss.