Ball State's baseball team suffered a 5-3 loss to Ohio State at the Coastal Carolina Invitational Saturday afternoon. With the win, Ohio State improved to 8-4 on the season, while the Cardinals fall to 5-8 overall.
Chris Marangon started on the mound for the Cardinals and pitched seven innings, allowing only three earned runs and striking out five. Miles Moeller came on in relief and was credited with the loss after pitching two thirds of an inning and allowing one earned run. Tyler Jordan and Kyle Raleigh finished out the game for Ball State.
A three-run home run in the top of the eighth by Jacob Bosiokovic lifted the Ohio State baseball team to the 5-3 comeback win over Ball State at TicketReturn.com Field.
Ball State took the lead in the bottom of the third against Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg. After a pair of one out singles by Wes Winkle and Blake Beemer and a double steal put runners on second and third, the Cardinals scored the first run of the game when Winkle came home on an error on a ground ball by Ryan Spaulding. Ball State carried a 1-0 lead after three innings.
Ohio State then knotted the score in the top of the sixth with one run, but Ball State answered right back in the bottom of the frame when T.J. Weir led off the inning with a solo home run to left to give the Cardinals the 2-1 lead. Elbert DeVarie then reached on an error with one down, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and, after a wild pitch on a walk to Winkle put runners at the corners with two down, Beemer doubled down the right field line to plate DeVarie and push the Ball State lead to 3-1 after six frames.
Ohio State rallied again in the top of the seventh, however, with one down, Marangon was able to get Craig Nennig to pop out to second and Tim Wetzel followed with a fly out to center as the Cardinals were able to cling to the 3-1 lead through seven innings.
The Buckeyes then took the lead with a four-run top of the eighth, and Ball State could not score any more offensively and fell to Ohio State.
Beemer was 2-for-5 on the day with one run-batted-in, while Sean Godfrey managed a 2-for-5 performance and Devarie tallied two hits in four at-bats. Weir was one for three with one run scored and one RBI.
The Cardinals will play Harvard Sunday at 11 a.m., in their final game of the CCU Invitational. Ball State will continue the 2013 season with a four game home series vs. IPFW Friday through Sunday. The Cardinals will begin the IPFW series with a Friday 3 p.m. contest.