The Ball State baseball team used a seventh-inning, two-run double from Sean Godfrey to defeat Western Michigan 5-3 in the first round of the MAC tournament.
In a game that was tightly contested throughout, Ball State jumped out front 2-0 after the first inning, courtesy of two-run home run from Jarett Rindfleisch.
T.J. Weir got the start for the Cardinals, and the senior right-hander pitched five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits. All three Western Michigan runs came against Weir came in the fifth, and he was relieved by Zach Plesac after the inning.
After falling behind 2-3, the Cardinals answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth. Alex Call led off the inning with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a groundout by Ryan Spaulding. Godfrey, MAC Player of the Year, followed with an RBI single to tie the score at 3.
Plesac pitched electrically over the final four innings, allowing no runs on four hits. The Freshman Pitcher of the Year struck out four Broncos as well en route to his team-high 12th win.
Godfrey finished the game with three RBIs, two hits and a run scored. The senior also earned two walks in what will be his final go-around in the MAC tournament.
Ball State will play Kent State in the second round at 8 p.m. Thursday. In the teams’ previous matchup at Ball Diamond, the Cardinals swept the Golden Flashes for the first time in more than a decade.