Ball State’s baseball team scored first and often in tallying a 9-0 victory at Central Michigan Friday to move into first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division.
With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 12-3 overall in MAC play, while Central Michigan fell to 12-4 in league play.
The Cardinals broke the game open with six runs in the seventh inning to take a 9-0 lead while T.J. Weir pitched six innings and limited the Chippewas to five hits, no runs and struck out nine. Weir earned the victory and improved to 6-1 on the season.
Clay Manering came on in relief and pitched the final three innings, allowing no hits, no runs and striking out three.
The pivotal seventh inning started with an Alex Call single through the left side of the infield and he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Spaulding. Godfrey’s double scored Call and a Raleigh two-out single scored Godfrey. Estep singled through the left side to score Raleigh, and Alex Maloney completed the innings’ scoring with a double to left center to score two more Cardinals.
Godfrey completed the day with a 2-for-5 performance from the plate, two runs scored and two runs-batted-in. Estep was 2-for-4 from the plate with three RBI and one run scored. Raleigh was 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Call was 2-for-4 on the day with two runs scored.
Ball State improved to 28-14 overall, while CMU fell to 25-16. The two teams will meet Saturday with first pitched scheduled for 1 p.m., and the series finale will be Sunday at 1 p.m.