Ball State's baseball team defeated Miami University 5-2 in Oxford, Ohio, to improve to 17-18 overall and 6-8 in the Mid-American Conference. With the loss, the RedHawks fall to 8-6 in league play and 17-19 overall.
T.J. Weir started the game on the mound and earned the victory to improve to 2-1 on the season. Weir pitched eight innings, allowing only two earned runs on seven hits and struck out four in the victory. Miles Moeller pitched the ninth inning and allowed only one hit, while striking out one to earn the save.
The Cardinals fell behind 1-0 after Miami University scored in the bottom of the second inning, but Ball State answered immediately with its first run of the game in the top of the third.
Miami University added one more run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead in the contest before the Cardinals busted out for three runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth to seal the MAC victory.
In the fifth, Wes Winkle opened the inning by reaching first after being hit by a pitch. He stole second and Beemer walked to set the stage for a Godfrey double that scored Winkle and moved Beemer to third. Billy Wellman grounded out to shortstop, scoring Beemer, and then Kevin Schlotter's single plated Godfrey and put Ball State ahead 4-2.
The Cardinals added a sixth inning insurance run when Ryan Spaulding led off the inning with a single, followed by a Sam Tidaback sacrifice bunt and a throwing error by the RedHawks. With runners on second and third, Elbert Devarie walked to load the bases and Winkle's fielder's choice grounder scored Spaulding and gave the Cardinals the 5-2 lead.
Beemer was 2-for-3 on the day with two runs scored, while Godfrey managed a 2-for-4 performance from the plate with one run-batted-in and one run scored. Wellman was 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Schlotter tallied one hit in four at-bats plus knocked in one run.
The two teams will complete the three-game series with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday. The series is even at one game apiece after Miami University posted the Friday 1-0 victory and the Cardinals Saturday win.