BASEBALL: Ball State falls to Charleston

Unable to recover from a first-inning deficit, Ball State University lost 7-4 to the College of Charleston on Thursday night in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

The Cougars (11-3) a quick 2-0 lead against the Cardinals (4-9) and never relinquished their lead. Starting pitcher Derek Grabner (0-1) took the loss for Ball State after giving up five runs in three innings. Matt Pegler (1-0) earned the victory for Charleston.

Ball State scored its first runs in the fifth inning. Kory Benbow drove in the Cardinals' first run with a triple and Stephen Claypool and T.J. Baumet also added RBI.

Benbow scored his second run of the game in the seventh inning to cut the gap to 5-4, but Ball State could get no closer. The Patriots added two more runs in the bottom of the inning against reliever Jon Cisna.

Benbow went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Blake Beemer also had two hits for the Cardinals, going 2-for-3 with a run.

The game completes a stretch of six consecutive games for Ball State on their Spring Break trip. The Cardinals will take Thursday off before beginning the Caravelle Resort Classic against the University of Michigan on Friday.