The first game in a two-day series for Ball State softball has been postponed.
The Mid-American Conference opponents were scheduled to square off in games on Saturday and Sunday. Now, the teams will compete in a double header set to begin Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Cardinals’ return to MAC competition doubles as a return home to the Ball State Softball Complex, where they have been perfect this season.
Ball State will host Miami with hopes of bouncing back from a tough loss. Though it was their first in nearly a month, the Cardinals suffered a season-worst margin of defeat.
On Wednesday, Ohio State posted an 8-0 victory over the Cardinals. The typically top-notch offense of Ball State was shut down by great pitching.
Buckeye ace Alex DiDomenico stayed hot in the circle, and held Ball State to just two hits over five innings.
Sophomore right fielder Loren Cihlar went 2-for-2 at the plate with singles in the second and fifth innings, giving Ball State its only hits of the day.
Similar to the glaring difference in score, Ohio State and Miami will pose different challenges on the field.
As a pitching team, Ohio has yielded an opponent batting average of just .248. Miami has given up a 4.71 ERA – ninth best in the MAC – along with a .335 batting average on the season.
The Cardinals’ offense has a definite edge on paper with their MAC-best .328 batting average.
Though Ball State holds a 47-40 advantage in the all-time series with Miami, the Red Hawks own the most recent victory. A 4-2 victory in last season’s MAC tournament.
With a win, Ball State will regain momentum in the all-time series and push their perfect MAC season record to 13-0.