Ball State’s baseball team suffered a 5-2 loss Friday in the first game of a three-game series at Akron to fall to 30-15 overall and 14-4 in the Mid-American Conference.
Despite the loss, the Cardinals remain in first place in the MAC West Division and 2.5 games ahead of Central Michigan. Akron, which improved to 23-21 overall and 10-9 in the MAC, will host Ball State Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
T.J. Weir started the game on the mound for the Cardinals and suffered the loss to fall to 6-2 on the season. Weir pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out six. Chris Lovejoy came on in relief for Ball State and pitched one inning, allowing only one hit and striking out one batter.
Ball State scored its only two runs of the game in the eighth inning after allowing the Zips two in the third, one in the fifth and two in the seventh.
In the eighth frame, the Cardinals opened the inning with Sean Godfrey reaching first after being hit by a pitch. Jarrett James entered the game as a pinch hitter and was walked to put runners on first and second. With one out, Kyle Raleigh singled and loaded the bases for an Alex Maloney walk, which scored the Cardinals first run of the game. James scored later in the inning on a wild pitched to close the gap to 5-2 in the game.