After a three-game series at Morehead State got cancelled due to inclement weather, Ball State's baseball team and the Eagles faced off in a double header Monday in Spartanburg, S.C.
The Cardinals tallied a 4-1 win in the first game and then managed a 12-2 victory in the second game of the series. With the pair of wins, Ball State improved to 5-4 on the season. The Cardinals will face South Carolina in a game Tuesday and a second game Wednesday.
Ball State senior lefthander Jon Cisna was credited with the decision in the first contest of the day, while sophomore righthander Scott Baker picked up his third win of the season in game two.
In game one, Ball State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly from freshman second baseman Ryan Spaulding. Morehead State answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth, when freshman third baseman Alan Mocahbee knocked in junior second baseman Jeff Birkofer on an RBI single through the left side.
The game was broken open in the top of the eighth, when Ball State junior first baseman Billy Wellman drove a double down the leftfield line to score the final three runs of the game. Wellman was 2-for-4 on the day with three runs-batted-in.
Cisna pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing only two hits, while striking out three to earn the victory and improve to 1-0 on the season. Chris Marangon started the game and pitched 6.2 innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out six.
Ball State scored four runs in the both the third and fourth innings of game two, before tacking on one more in the seventh and three in the ninth to claim the victory. MSU plated two runs in the bottom of the third to account for its scoring for the day.
Baker started the contest and pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out 11 batters to earn the win and improve to 3-0 on the season. Tyler Jordan pitched one inning in relief and struck out two batters, while Cameron Schooley pitched the final inning of the game and struck out one.