Riding a three-game win streak, the Ball State baseball team took a break from its conference schedule to travel to Butler, where Ball State fell 5-6.

Chris Lovejoy took the mound for the first time this season as a starting pitcher, and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. 

It was not until the top of the seventh inning the Cardinals offense was able to get on the board, when RBIs by Caleb Stayton and Brandon Estep cut the 4-0 Bulldog lead in half.

Butler answered, plating two runs in the bottom of the frame to reclaim a four run advantage. 

Back-to-back base hits by Alex Call and Alex Maloney set up second baseman Ryan Spaulding to deliver a single to make the score 4-6.

After Kyle Raleigh opened the top half of the ninth with a lead-off walk, catcher Jarret Rindfleisch was hit by a pitch to put the tying runs on base for Ball State.

A sacrifice bunt and an Alex Maloney sacrifice fly later, Spaulding came to the plate with the opportunity to tie the game, but a groundout to third ended the Cardinals’ comeback and gave the Bulldogs the victory.

Ball State drops to 22-11 on the season, but still maintains a 7-1 record in the MAC.

Ball State’s next game on the schedule comes Friday when the team travels to take on conference opponent Toledo. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.