Ball State's baseball team suffered a 19-2 loss to Mid-American Conference foe Central Michigan Friday in the first game of a three-game series with the Chippewas.
With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 14-6 overall and evened their MAC mark to 5-5 on the season. Central Michigan improved to 14-18 overall and 4-6 in conference play. The teams will meet again at Ball Diamond in 1 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday. Admission to all Ball State regular season baseball games is free of charge.
In a game that was tied 2-2 after five innings, Central Michigan broke the game wide open with nine runs in the sixth, two runs in the seventh, five runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to claim the win.
Ball State started the day's scoring with a single run in the bottom of the first. Wes Winkle opened the game with a single to center field and advanced to third on a throwing error by the CMU pitcher on a failed pickoff play. Blake Beemer stepped to the plate and singled to left, scoring Beemer.
However, Central Michigan would plate nine runners in the sixth en route to the 19-2 victory.
Chris Marangon started the game on the mound for the Cardinals and pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five hits, seven earned runs and striking out two in the loss.
Winkle went 2-for-3 on the day with one run-batted-in and one run scored. Beemer and T.J. Weir were each 1-for-3 on the day.
Ball State is expected to start Scott Baker on the mound in Saturday's 1 p.m. game. Baker is 7-0 on the season and ranked third in the nation in victories.