MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team suffered a 4-0 loss to Mid-American Conference West Division leader Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon in a pitchers' duel at Ball Diamond that saw each team tally only three hits apiece on the afternoon. The Cardinals and the Eagles will decide the series victor Sunday afternoon with the rubber game at 1 p.m.
Junior right-hander Chris Marangon (Maple Valley, Wash./Edmunds CC) was the hard-luck loser in the game as he worked 8.2 innings and allowed three runs on two hits. Marangon allowed a run in the top of the first inning before holding EMU hitless until the ninth inning when the Eagles plated three insurance runs. He set the Eagles down in order five times on the afternoon and needed just 109 pitches to work a career-high 8.2 innings.
Eastern Michigan right-hander Steve Weber was stellar on the mound as he posted a complete-game shutout of the Cardinals to improve to 4-3 on the year. Weber limited Ball State to three hits while striking out six and walking two batters on 113 pitches. The Cardinals only got one runner to third base in the loss and only two runners were in scoring position all afternoon.
Eastern Michigan (18-20, 9-5 MAC) got on the board quickly in the top of the first inning against Marangon. Leadoff hitter Ben Magsig gave the Eagles the early lead as he hit his fourth home run of the season over the right field wall for the 1-0 lead.
Eastern Michigan (10-26, 5-9 MAC) got three big insurance run in the top of the ninth inning as Brent Ohrman led off with a double down the left field line, only the Eagles' second hit of the afternoon. After a fly ball moved Ohrman to third, Tucker Rubino lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. The Eagles took advantage of a pair of walks before Matt Hitt delivered a two-run double off of left-hander Jon Cisna (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) for the 4-0 lead.
Ball State and Eastern Michigan will wrap up the three-game series Sunday afternoon with the rubber game. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Ball Diamond.