Behind a 4-for-4 hitting performance from Sean Godfrey, the Ball State baseball team defeated Akron 5-3 to earn its 11th straight series win over a Mid-American Conference opponent.
With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 32-15 overall and 16-4 in league play to remain in first place in the MAC West Division. After losing 2-of-3 games to Ball State over the weekend, Akron falls to 23-23 overall and 10-11 in league play.
"Akron gave us all we could handle," Ball State head coach Rich Maloney said. "It was a great MAC series. Fortunately for us we were able to get contributions from several different players that led to our victories. Alex Maloney's home run in game two was huge, while Zach Plesac's two wins in relief and Sean Godfrey's outstanding play gave our team a big lift."
Zach Plesac pitched the final 4.2 innings in relief of Clay Manering to claim the victory and improve to 10-2 overall. Plesac, who also earned the victory in Saturday’s game, allowed only three hits and no runs, while striking out four Akron batters. Manering pitched 4.1 innings, allowing only two earned runs and striking out three.
Godfrey led an offensive attack for Ball State that featured five runs on 11 hits. Godfrey, who batted .909 in the series vs. Akron, had four base hits with two runs-batted-in against the Zips in the series finale.
The Cardinals opened the game with two runs in their first at-bat of the game when Godfrey’s RBI single scored Alex Call. Kyle Raleigh singled to left to score Ryan Spaulding, who had reached base on a single to right field.
After allowing the Zips one run in the bottom half of the first, the Cardinals took their 2-1 lead into the fourth inning and added another run to improve its lead to 3-1. Sean Kennedy and T.J. Weir opened the inning with back-to-back singles and Kennedy scored on a Cole Griesinger ground out to second base.
Akron bounced back with two runs in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3 before Ball State rallied for two seventh inning scores to claim the victory.
In the seventh, Godfrey hit his second RBI single of the day to score Griesinger, and Spaulding scored the final run of the game on a passed ball.
Spaulding was 2-for-5 on the day with two runs scored, while Weir was 2-for-3 from the plate.
Ball State will host Indiana State Wednesday at 3 p.m. in a non-conference game before returning to MAC action with a home three-game series vs. Kent State beginning with a Friday 3 p.m. contest.