Stat: Hits Earned Runs Strikeouts
Trevor Henderson 3 2 3
B.J. Butler 1 0 2
Behind two strong pitching performances, the Ball State baseball team evened the series against Kent State with a 4-2 victory on April 11.
Freshman Trevor Henderson started on the mound in place of senior Scott Baker, pitching 5.1 innings with two earned runs and three strikeouts.
Sophomore B.J. Butler pitched the final 3.2 innings, holding the Flashes scoreless while allowing one hit.
"It's really special," head coach Rich Maloney said. "We don't have one superstar—we have a lot of guys who come every game and grind for the team. This was a great team win today."
The Cardinals recorded six hits offensively.
Right-fielder Alex Call led the Cardinals with two hits and two runs along with two RBIs, totaling once again in the single-digits with six.
"He had been going through a drought for about a month," Maloney said. "He's starting to heat up again, and that's how hitting is—you stay the course and the good hitters will heat up and get hits."
In the Cardinals' three-run fourth, sophomore Matt Eppers led off the inning with a walk. After a single by Ryan Spaulding, Call knocked in two runs. Senior Elbert Devarie finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
"Their pitchers were shutting us down like they did yesterday," Maloney said. "We were able to get a few big hits when we needed them and came up with a huge win. Their pitchers are some of the best in the league."
With the win, Ball State is now 22-11 overall and 8-3 in Mid-American Conference play.
The three-game series will conclude at 1 p.m. on April 12 at Kent State.