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Baseball Picks Up Two For Series Sweep

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Release: March 22, 2014
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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team took the series against Bowling Green after picking up two wins in Saturday’s doubleheader.

Pitchers Scott Baker and Zach Plesac each earned wins for the Cardinals, with a combined 11 strikeouts.  Plesac also earned a save in the first game of the Saturday twinbill.

With the wins, Ball State improves to 16-8 on the season and 3-0 in Mid-American Conference play, while Bowling Green falls to 6-15 on the campaign and 0-3 in league action.

Ryan Spaulding scored a combined three runs through both games and was 4-for-7 from the plate. Alex Call was the other Cardinal to score multiple runs, with one each game.

 Ball State is slated to host Valparaiso Tuesday at Ball Diamond.  Due to wet field conditions at Valparaiso, the game was moved to Muncie with the first pitch set for 3 p.m.

GAME ONE: Ball State 3, Bowling Green 2

Behind 8.2 innings pitched by Scott Baker, the Cardinals tallied a 3-2 win over Bowling Green in the first game of a double header Saturday.

Baker allowed only six hits, including two earned runs – both in the ninth inning – while striking out six to improve to 3-2 on the season.  Zach Plesac earned his third save of the season by entering in the bottom of the ninth with one runner on and forced Bowling Green into a ground out to end the inning and its two-run rally.

The Cardinals scored in the bottom of the first on a Jarrett Rindfleish run-batted-in single that scored Alex Call, who started the inning with a walk.  In the fifth, Ball State’s Kyle Raleigh started the inning with a double to right field and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Elbert Devarie.  Call singled up the middle to score Raleigh and put the Cardinals ahead 2-0 through five. 

In the bottom of the eighth, Ball State added its third run of the game with a Ryan Spaulding single through the left side.  Sean Godfrey singled to left, followed by a Rindfleish RBI single through the left side of the infield.

Spaulding was 3-for-4 in the game, while Godfrey and Rindfleish managed two hits apiece in the first contest.

GAME TWO: Ball State 4, Bowling Green 3

Plesac pitched 8.2 innings to earn his sixth win of the season and help the Cardinals complete the series sweep of the Falcons.

The freshman allowed seven hits, including three earned runs. Plesac faced 33 batters and struck out five. Tyler Jordan picked up his second save of the season after forcing a Bowling Green pop up to end the game.

The Falcons got on the board first in the top of the third. A Falcon got on base on a walk and moved to third after a double. The next batter up also hit a double and advanced to third on an error bringing home two teammates to give Bowling Green the 2-0 advantage.

The bottom of the fifth saw Ball State score three runs on only one hit. Three batters were hit and three were walked. Hollowell, Call and Spaulding all scored runs for the Cardinals in the inning that saw two Falcon pitchers.

Ball State earned its final run of the game when Spaulding reached on a sacrifice fly from T.J. Weir. Spaulding got on base with a walk and advanced when Godfrey reached on an error. Rindfleish reached on a fielder’s choice which put Spaulding on third.

Bowling Green tried to rally in the top of the ninth inning, but was unsuccessful only scoring one run off two hits.

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