April 22 - at Purdue - 5:30 p.m.
April 24 - vs. Toledo - 3 p.m.
April 25 - vs. Toledo - 1 p.m.
April 26 - vs. Toledo - 1 p.m.
Ball State had a fast start in the first game, holding Eastern Michigan scoreless in the first eight innings.
"We managed to make plays on defense," head coach Rich Maloney said. "We were able to do things that, for some reason, we just were not able to do Saturday."
The Cardinals stormed out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning and then two in the fourth to start the series with a 5-2 win over the eagles. For the first time in a week, Ball State outhit its opponent, getting 12 hits to Eastern Michigan's 10.
Elbert Devarie led the Cardinals on offense in the first game with a .750 batting average. Devarie also earned two of the Cardinals' five runs.
"Devarie is having a career season," Maloney said.
Sophomore pitcher Zach Plesac brought consistency as he pitched all nine innings for Ball State and got four strikeouts while only allowing two runs.
Ball State lost an early lead in the second game. After a Jarett Rindfleisch RBI in the first inning, the Cardinals and Eagles traded the lead four times. The Eagles reclaimed the lead in the eighth and won the game 8-4.
Ball State lost despite outhitting Eastern Michigan 13 to 12.
"It's great to get hits," Maloney said. "Sometimes it's not enough just to get hits, though. That's how baseball works".
Ball State dropped the second game in the doubleheader much like it lost the first. Despite outhitting Eastern Michigan for the third straight game and the teams going through six lead changes in nine innings, the Cardinals suffered an 8-9 loss.
The game was offensive from the start, as six runs were scored in the first inning. David Current suffered his first loss of the season as he pitched 6.1 innings for the Cardinals.
Ball State outhit Eastern Michigan 39-35 over the course of three games. However, the Cardinals failed to win two of three games getting outscored 8-4 and 9-8.
"We are still in the mix of things," Maloney said. "Kent State lost two straight this weekend so we just need to get back to winning multiple games in a row, we have a big series coming up with Toledo."
Ball State will take on in-state rival Purdue on April 22 in West Lafeyette. Ball State is 3-3 against Big Ten opponents, already having an 8-2 victory over the Boilermakers on March 25.