Baseball Hosting Toledo Friday through Sunday
Ball State Cardinals (24-20; MAC 11-10)
Friday: Toledo at Ball State (3:00) -- Muncie, Ind.
Saturday: Toledo at Ball State (1:00) -- Muncie, Ind.
Sunday: Toledo at Ball State (1:00) -- Muncie, Ind.
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handling the play-by-play
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SCOUTING TOLEDO: The Rockets are 19-27 overall and 10-11 in the Mid-American Conference . . . Toledo is 8-16 in road games, but has posted a 5-4 mark in MAC road contests.
THE SERIES: Ball State and Toledo have met 113 times in baseball in a series that dates back to 1965 . . . The Rockets own a 61-52 all-time advantage in the series . . . Toledo has won the last three meetings, but the two teams have split the last 10 games . . . In the last series in Muncie, Ind., in 2011, Ball State won two of three contests.
MALONEY MILESTONES: Rich Maloney, who tallied his 600th career victory in Ball State's win at Lipscomb Feb. 23, tallied his 300th career conference victory April 6 at his alma mater, Western Michigan . . . Maloney served as Ball State's head coach from 1996-2002 and Michigan's head mentor from 2003-12 before returning to the Cardinals . . . He owns a 308-176 career record in conference games between the Big Ten Conference and Mid-American Conference . . . In addition, Maloney owns a 152-70 record in MAC games . . . Maloney owns a 280-164-1 all-time coaching mark at Ball State and needs 20 victories to reach 300 wins with the Cardinals . . . The record for head coaching wins at Ball State is 323 by Pat Quinn, a current associate athletic director at the school . . . Quinn amassed 323 wins from 1983-95.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Scott Baker ranks ninth in the nation in pitching victories with nine . . . . Baker and Chris Marangon are tied for 15th nationally in games started with 12 apiece . . . Baker ranks 49th in the nation with 77 strikeouts . . . Baker is 61st in the country with a 1.88 ERA.
MAC SWEEP: In addition to registering a three game series sweep at Eastern Michigan last week, Ball State swept the Mid-American Conference's West Division weekly awards . . . T.J. Weir was named the MAC West Pitcher of the Week, while Wes Winkle was named the Player of the Week.
STATISTICAL TRENDS: Ball State is 18-4 when leading after six innings, 20-4 when in the lead after seven and 21-1 when leading after eight frames . . . Ball State is 15-2 when limiting opponents to two runs or less.
BAKER ONE OF NATION'S BEST: Scott Baker, who pitched for a no decision at Eastern Michigan (5/3), improved to 9-1 after recording the win in Ball State's 5-4 victory over Ohio (4/26) . . . He pitched seven innings, allowing only six hits and no earned runs in the win . . . Baker limited Ohio batters to a .222 batting average and struck out five, while walking only two . . . Baker, who suffered his only defeat of the season in a 1-0 complete game loss at Miami University, tallied his eighth victory of the season in Ball State's win at home over Central Michigan (4/13) . . . He pitched a complete game for the win . . . Baker allowed only one earned run on six hits and struck out 10 to get the victory . . . He owns a 1.88 earned-run average on the season . . . Baker's second victory of the year was at Lipscomb, which was the 600th career win for head coach Rich Maloney . . . His win at Western Michigan (4/6) marked the 300th conference win in Maloney's career . . . Baker has struck out 77 batters in 81.1 innings and allowed only 17 earned runs . . . Opponents are hitting only .233 against Baker.
GODFREY LEADING THE CARDINALS: Sean Godfrey, a junior outfielder who hit his fifth home run of the season vs. Ohio (4/27), is leading the team with a .318 batting average and a .492 slugging percentage . . . He is hitting .337 in Mid-American Conference games this season . . . Godfrey is tied for the team lead with 12 doubles and is second on the team with two triples . . . Godfrey has a team-high five HRs . . . Godfrey has a team-best 18 multi-hit games in 2013 plus has five multi-RBI contests.