Ball State (34-20) fell to Kent State University (26-23) 4-1 over a span of two days at Firestone Stadium, putting an end to the Cardinals' season.
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Ball State Cardinals (34-18, 9-8 MAC) fell to Ohio University Bobcats (31-19, 12-8 MAC) in eight innings 3-2 at the Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio, kicking off the Mid-American Conference softball championship.
While Ball State students celebrated their spring commencement this morning, the Cardinals put up a show of their own in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
To start its final Mid-American Conference series of the season, Ball State (32-17, 9-7 MAC) split a Friday doubleheader with Central Michigan (19-24-1, 9-7-1 MAC) before falling in game three Saturday in Mount Pleasant.
Junior Alyssa Rothwell is no stranger to the pitcher’s circle, and she delivered yet another save in game one of today’s double-header against Toledo (17-23, 6-7 MAC) to tally her 12th save of the season. However, Ball State Softball (30-16, 8-6 MAC) would split the bill with the Rockets after falling short in game two.
Hit or miss?
Ball State (27-14, 5-4 MAC) lost the third and final game against Northern Illinois (18-20, 5-6 MAC) Wednesday in a 4-2 game, giving the Huskies a 2-1 series win on the season.
Ball State (27-13, 5-3 MAC) took one out of two close games to avoid a sweep against Bowling Green (15-20, 3-7 MAC) at home Saturday.
Game one of a series can prove to be a challenge, and it’s one that the Cardinals are finding themselves a victim of.
Whenever the Huskies and the Cardinals meet, both teams know that a win won't come easily.
Heading into their weekend series against Kent State, the Cardinals are currently running on their best start since 2013, on a seven game win streak and winning 14 of their last 15 games. Ball State also swept Akron in the Mid-American Conference opening series, out-scoring the Zips, 22-8, in three games.
If you take the first inning out of both of the Cardinals' double header games against Akron, Ball State would still hold both wins at 2-1 and 6-1.
In the first game of its weekend series against Akron (6-12-2, 0-1 MAC), Ball State Softball (23-10, 1-0 MAC) pull out the eight-run rule for a 14-6 victory over the Zips. Sophomore Stacy Payton highlighted the win, batting in five over the course of six innings.
Get the ball in the air and every single swing we take we want to do damage.
"We need to find that spark"
After a near-sweep of the Silicon Valley Classic last weekend, Ball State (12-9, 0-0 MAC) suffered a 1-4 record at the USF-Clearwater Parks and Recreational Invitational, snagging its lone victory against Furman Saturday.
Through four innings, the Battle of the Birds was close. Both pitchers were holding their own and both offensives were ready to strike, with the Hawkeyes holding a slim 1-0 lead.
Baseball takes 1 of 3 in Tuscaloosa
After going 4-2 at the Madeira Beach Invitational, Ball State Softball heads to sunny California for the Silicon Valley Classic to take on five opponents from the West.
The role of the closer is one that is somewhat obscure but important at the same time. With three or fewer innings left and the opposition in a spot to tie the game, the circle in the center of the diamond is a lonely spot.