Ball State baseball (27-18, 12-6 MAC) won its series against Buffalo (13-26, 6-12 MAC) but lost its one-game lead in the Mid-American Conference West Division.

The Cardinals won their first two games 4-2 and 9-6 against the Bulls but lost the series finale in the second half of April 30's doubleheader 3-4.

Northern Illinois (18-25, 12-6 MAC) trailed Ball State by one game entering the weekend but closed the gap after sweeping Bowling Green State University (16-28, 6-12 MAC). The Huskies and Cardinals are now tied for the MAC West lead.

Statistics (3 games)

Ball State hitting - 26-107 (.243)

Buffalo hitting - 25-102 (.245)

Ball State stolen bases - 16

Roman Baisa stolen bases - 7

In the series opener April 29, Ball State won in extra innings. Junior closer BJ Butler (4-0, 2.09 ERA) earned the win after allowing three hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.

In the top of the tenth, junior right fielder Alex Call knocked in the go-ahead RBI with a triple to left-center field.

Ball State won game one of the April 30 doubleheader 9-6 but dropped the second game. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Brendan Burns was credited with the loss after allowing four runs, though only one was earned. In 5.2 innings on the mound, Burns walked six, allowed six hits and struck out three.

In three games, the Cardinals stole 16 bases on 19 attempts. Redshirt freshman Roman Baisa stole multiple bases in each game, finishing the series with seven steals on seven attempts.

Ball State's next series will be at home against Eastern Michigan (17-23, 8-7 MAC) at 3 p.m. May 6. The game will be followed by a pair of 1 p.m. games May 7 and 8.