Ball State edges Dayton in Ohio

Senior pitcher Scott Baker
Senior pitcher Scott Baker

The Ball State's baseball team earned a comeback 5-4 win over Dayton March 15 in game one of a doubleheader. 

After falling behind by a run in the first, senior Elbert Devarie started Ball State's half of the second inning with a leadoff single followed by a walk from Colin Brockhouse. Designated hitter Scott Tyler hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Devarie to tie the score at one. 

Dayton reclaimed the lead on a sacrifice fly of its own in the bottom of the fourth, and after five innings the Flyers held a 4-1 lead.

Ball State relief pitcher David Current entered the game for starter Scott Baker, after two Dayton runs in the fifth. 

Both sides were retired in order in the sixth inning.

Dayton starting pitcher Noah Buettgen allowed Ball State to score two runs in the seventh. Buettgen pitched 7.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits. 

Flyer's relief pitcher Sam Bruner gave up two runs in the top of the ninth, with RBIs from shortstop Alex Maloney and right fielder Alex Call.

Closer B.J. Butler capped off Ball State's comeback with a strikeout of Dayton's Aaron Huessman in six pitches. The Cardinals extended their win streak to three games. 

Baker picked up his second win of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings.


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