Cardinals top Valparaiso 3-2

Ball State’s junior infielder Sean Kennedy hits the ball in the game against Dayton on March 19. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
Ball State’s junior infielder Sean Kennedy hits the ball in the game against Dayton on March 19. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY

Upcoming schedule (denotes MAC game)

Friday, April 1, 3 p.m. – vs. Ohio*

Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m. – vs. Ohio*

Sunday, April 3, 1 p.m. – vs. Ohio*

Tuesday, April 5, 3 p.m. – vs. Xavier

Ball State baseball (15-11, 2-1 MAC) fell behind against Valparaiso (8-14, 4-2 Horizon League), but came back to win 3-2 on the road.

Ball State trailed 2-0 in the top of the sixth when junior second baseman Sean Kennedy hit a two-run home run off Valparaiso right-handed pitcher Ellis Foreman to tie the game.

Junior right fielder Alex Call led off the top of the seventh with a single to centerfield and then stole second. Call advanced to third on a sacrifice fly from junior first baseman Caleb Stayton.

Cleanup hitter and catcher Jarrett Rindfleisch, also a junior, knocked in Call with an RBI single down the left field line for the 3-2 lead.

Junior left-handed pitcher Evan Korson (1-1, 3.86 ERA) was credited with the win after relieving sophomore right-handed starter Brendan Burns (3-1, 2.86 ERA) in the fourth inning.

Ball State is now 2-0 against in-state competition, including the win against Valparaiso and a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Purdue March 22.

In its next game, Ball State will host Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio University (10-13, 1-2 MAC). The series will kick off April 1 at 3 p.m., followed by 1 p.m. games on April 2 and 3.

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