Ball State's baseball team suffered a 9-4 loss in the first game of a three game series at 21st-ranked Louisville Friday night.
With the loss, Ball State falls to 3-10 on the season, while Louisville improved to 12-6 on the year. The two teams are scheduled to continue the series with a 1 p.m. game Saturday and conclude the series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday.
Cal Bowling was the starting pitcher for Ball State and suffered the loss to fall to 2-1 on the season. Bowling pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, five earned runs and striking out four, while walking four.
Louisville opened the scoring with one run in the bottom of the first, but Ball State countered with one run in the top of the fourth and the game remained tied at 1-1 through six innings. Louisville put up four runs in the seventh and four runs in the eighth, while Ball State could manage only one in the top of the eighth and two in the top of the ninth.