MUNCIE, Ind. - - After suffering a 4-2 loss in the opener of last Friday’s doubleheader versus Akron, the Ball State softball team turned to the arm of WLBC’s Steve Lindell for some much-needed motivation prior to the nightcap.
With just one ceremonial first pitch to make an impact, the “Governor of WLBC Land” provided a spark which ignited the Cardinals offense for the rest of the weekend. In addition, the Cardinals pitching staff used his performance as inspiration to lockdown opposing batters. When all was said and done, Ball State had out-scored its opponents 32-2 over the next 17 innings of play.
“I can’t explain it, but seeing Steve launch the ball high and outside was just the spark our offense and pitching staff needed this weekend,” Ball State head coach Tyra Perry said. “Our batters locked onto that target like radio listeners dialing in to be the coveted first listener of the day. All I can say after that performance is winner, winner chicken dinner.”
In the inning immediately following Lindell’s time in the BSU Softball Complex circle, the Cardinals posted seven runs. From there, Ball State would score at least one run in each of their next seven at bats leading to a 15-2 (5 inn.) win over Akron and a 10-0 (5 inn.) victory against league-leading Ohio.
After a slow offensive start to Sunday’s game versus the Bobcats, the Cardinals once again found their rhythm with a five-run third and a two-run fifth to complete the series sweep with a 7-0 victory.
Ball State’s 15 runs in the win over Akron were the most in a game for the Cardinals this season, while the seven-run first was the second best performance in an inning, trailing only the eight-run fifth from Ball State’s March 23 win over UMKC. During that eight-run inning, however, Ball State softball sports information director Brad Caudill was listening to the day’s events through the listen live link on WLBC.com from Columbia, Mo.
Overall, the Cardinals hit .416 (32-for-77) as a team after Lindell’s first pitch, including eight doubles, two triples and five home runs. Ball State’s pitchers posted a combined 0.82 earned-run average during the span, allowing just 11 hits and two runs.
Ball State softball team returns to action this weekend with a two-game series versus its Mid-American Conference travel partner Miami. Only two questions remain: will the momentum from Lindell’s pitch carry over to Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday’s (1 p.m.) games at the BSU Softball Complex and when will Lindell make his next appearance in the circle?
For the most up-to-date news on Ball State softball, follow the team on Twitter: @BallStateSB and @TyraPerry13/ Instagram: ballstatesb / Facebook: BallStateSoftball.
To hear more from everyone’s favorite radio buddy, tune in to WLBC 104.1 FM on your radio dial between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. You can also follow Lindell on twitter: @SteveWLBC.
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