BASEBALL: Big inning propels Cardinals to victory

Nine-run sixth sinks Lipscomb

A nine-run sixth inning catapulted Ball State University to a 14-5 victory against Lipscomb University in the Caravelle Resort Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Cardinals (5-10) sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth to retake the lead for good from Bison (5-10). Reliever Scott Brothers, Jr. (1-0) was the beneficiary of the support, earning his first victory of the year. Starting pitcher Davey Hackett (1-2) allowed nine runs on 12 hits to take the loss.

Three Cardinals had two RBI in the sixth inning, including third baseman Stephen Claypool whose double gave them a 6-5 lead.

Ball State scored the first four runs of the game, but starting pitcher Morgan Coombs was unable to hold the lead. First baseman Ryan Wilkins tied the game in the fifth inning with a grand slam off Coombs. The Bison took the lead on a passed ball in the top of the sixth.

But Brothers contained Lipscomb for the rest of the game. The senior threw four shutout innings, allowing only five hits.

Claypool and second baseman Kolbrin Vitek both went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Left fielder Kory Benbow added his third home run of the year, driving in two runs.