Baseball Set for Two Games at South Carolina
Ball State Cardinals (5-4)
Tuesday (7 p.m.) at South Carolina (8-2)
Wednesday (4 p.m.) at South Carolina
Ball State Baseball This Week
SCOUTING BALL STATE: The Cardinals are 5-4 overall after winning two games of a double header against Morehead State in Spartanburg, S.C., Monday . . . The Cardinals tallied a 4-1 victory in game one and a 12-2 win in game two.
SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks are 8-2 on the season after posting wins in two out of three games over Clemson last weekend . . . South Carolina is ranked for the fourth straight week . . . The Gamecocks are No. 6 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll . . . The Gamecock pitching staff has a 2.25 team earned run average in 88.0 innings pitched . . . South Carolina has 86 strikeouts to just 23 walks with 64 hits allowed . . . Opponents are hitting just .200 against the Gamecocks.
THE SERIES: Ball State and South Carolina have never met in baseball.
NEXT UP: Ball State will remain on the road for the remainder of its spring trip . . . The Cardinals will play at Coastal Carolina Thursday and then face Ohio State in Conway, S.C., Friday . . . Ball State will wrap up the spring trip with a Saturday game vs. Harvard in Conway, S.C.
CODY CAMPBELL LEADING CARDINALS: Cody Campbell leads the Cardinals with a .364 batting average after starting all nine games this season . . . He also leads Ball State with 18 total bases and is second with eight runs-batted-in . . . Campbell has a team-high four doubles plus one triple in 2013 . . . He managed a .471 batting average in Ball State's four games in Nashville, Tenn. . . . He was 8-for-17 with four runs-batted-in, four runs scored, one double and one triple.
BAKER EARNS THIRD WIN OF SEASON: Scott Baker tallied his third victory of the season in the second game vs. Morehead State Monday . . . Baker started the contest and pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out a career-high 11 batters to earn the win and improve to 3-0 on the season . . . He earned his second victory of the season after pitching five innings and allowing only two earned runs, while striking out three in Ball State's win at Lipscomb . . . The victory at Lipscomb was the 600th career win for head coach Rich Maloney . . . Baker is 3-0 with a 2.37 earned-run average . . . He leads the Cardinals with 22 strikeouts on the season.
KEVIN SCHLOTTER MAKING A MARK: Kevin Schlotter, a junior who had played in only 15 games in his career prior to 2013, has played in four games and started three for the Cardinals in 2013 . . . He is batting .333 with three hits in nine at bats . . . Schlotter was 1-for-3 with two runs-batted-in against Morehead State in the second game Monday.
BILLY WELLMAN OFF TO GOOD START: Billy Wellman, a junior infielder, is batting .320 through nine games and leads the Cardinals with 10 runs-batted-in . . . He is second on the team with three doubles plus has one home run and a team high .560 slugging percentage . . . Wellman batted .400 in Ball State's four games in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this season . . . Wellman was 4-for-10 with four runs-batted-in, three runs scored and one double in Nashville . . . He was second on the team with 26 RBI while scoring 10 runs as a sophomore in 2012 . . . Wellman tied for the team lead with four home runs while posting seven doubles to lead the team with a .510 slugging percentage in 2012 . . . He had nine multiple-hit games and a team-high seven multiple-RBI games last season.
BEEMER READY FOR SENIOR SEASON: Blake Beemer, a senior outfielder/first baseman, is one of 30 candidates for collegiate baseball's Senior CLASS Award . . . Beemer is a candidate because of his notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition . . . He is in his third season as a team captain for the Cardinals . . . Beemer batted .353 in Ball State's four games in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this season . . . Beemer finished fourth on the team with a .282 batting average, driving in 14 runs while scoring 13, in 2012.
TOP HITTER RETURNS: Sean Godfrey, a junior outfielder, led Ball State with a .328 batting average as he posted 43 hits in 131 at-bats in 2012 . . . He was second on the team with 24 runs scored while driving in 18 runs . . . Godfrey led the team with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts . . . He posted a team-high 10 doubles while also hitting a home run and a triple . . . Godfrey was second on the team with a .443 slugging percentage . . . He tallied eight multiple-hit games and three multiple-RBI games last season . . . Godfrey is hitting .257 this season and is second for the Cardinals with 16 total bases in 2013.
MARANGON'S PITCHING PERFORMANCES: Chris Marangon, a senior right handed pitcher, started in the Cardinals season opener at Middle Tennessee State and had no decision after pitching 6.1 innings, allowing only four hits and no earned runs . . . In his second start, Marangon got the win vs. Bradley (Feb. 22) in Nashville, Tenn. . . . He pitched six innings, allowing four runs and striking out two . . . Marangon started Monday's first game and pitched 6.2 innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out six, but getting no decision . . . Marangon is 1-0 with a 2.37 earned-run average this season on a team-high 19.0 innings pitched . . . He started the 2012 season in the bullpen and moved into the weekend rotation during Mid-American Conference play . . . Marangon held opponents to a team-low .222 batting average, which ranked third-lowest in the MAC last season.
CLAY MANERING ENTERS ROTATION: Clay Manering has appeared in three games this season and owns a 1.35 earned-run average with an 0-1 record . . . Manering pitched 5.1 innings vs. Northwestern Friday and allowed only three hits with no earned runs, while striking out five batters.
BULLPEN SHOWING POSITIVE SIGNS: Jon Cisna and Matt Johnsen both have had postive appearances out of the bullpen for the Cardinals . . . Cisna has made four appearances for Ball State and owns a 1-0 record, one save and a 1.08 earned-run average . . . He was credited the win in the first game vs. Morehead State Monday . . . Cisna pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing only two hits, while striking out three . . . He tallied his first save of the year at Lipscomb (Feb. 23) after pitching four innings, allowing only one hit and no runs while striking out two . . . Johnsen made his first appearance of the season vs. Bradley (Feb. 24) and pitched two innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out three batters.