The Ball State baseball team scored 13 runs on 18 hits to defeat Valparaiso 13-4 at Ball Diamond on March 31.
“We’ve got a lot of guys contributing which is nice," Ball State head coach Rich Maloney said. "Only [shortstop] Elbert Devarie is having a career season so far, which is good, because we are winning and most of our guys haven’t even peaked yet.”
Freshman Trevor Henderson started on the mound for the Cardinals, and struck out two in the first inning. Ball State gave Henderson an early lead on a two-run home run from catcher Jarret Rindfleisch.
Valparaiso retook the lead, scoring a run in the third and two in the fourth, but Ball State answered with three of its own in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of RBIs from Rindfleisch and second baseman Ryan Spaulding.
Relief pitcher Colin Brockhouse replaced Henderson with two outs in the fifth inning. Henderson finished with six strikeouts, and three earned runs on seven hits.
A Spaulding sacrifice fly in the sixth scored third baseman Sean Kennedy and extended Ball State's advantage to 6-3.
Spaulding finished with three hits and three RBIs.
The Cardinals added three more runs in the seventh, with Devarie and left fielder Scott Tyler picking up the RBIs.
After Valparaiso scored three in the eighth, Devarie, first baseman Alex Maloney and center fielder Matt Eppers added RBIs in the bottom of the inning to give Ball State the 13-4 win.
"We’ve produced a lot of runs [the last two games], which takes a lot of pressure off of the pitchers," Maloney said. "It was great coming off of a weekend where we needed to use a lot of pitchers ... if we had to use more pitchers today, we would have been in trouble.”
Brockhouse earned the victory, allowing one run on four hits in 4.1 innings.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 19-8 on the season.
Ball State travels to Terre Haute, Indiana, on April 1, to play Indiana State at 3 p.m.