Baseball Team Completes Sweep of EMU with Sunday Win
Ball State swept the three game series from Eastern Michigan with a 4-1 Sunday victory to improve to 22-20 overall and 11-10 in the Mid-American Conference.
It marked the first time the Eagles were swept in a home series since the 2010 campaign, and the first MAC three game series sweep for Ball State since the 2010 season when the Cardinals swept Northern Illinois. EMU dropped to 21-24 overall and 9-12 in the MAC with the loss.
Ball State limited Eastern Michigan to five hits on the day and only one extra base hit in the contest. Jon Cisna started the game and allowed only three hits and no earned runs in 4.2 innings. Tyler Jordan faced one batter in the game before T.J. Weir went the final 4.1 innings, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out seven to earn the victory. Weir improved to 3-2 on the season with the victory.
Ball State opened the scoring in the top of the second with a pair of doubles up the gap in left center. Cody Campbell's two-bagger led off the frame and Billy Wellman's double drove Campbell in to score.
A throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt allowed Elbert Devarie to move up to second base with two out in the third. That miscue would result in an unearned Ball State tally as Sean Godfrey's hit through the left side plated DeVarie to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
The hits kept coming for the Cardinals in the fourth. Ball State batters recorded four hits in the inning and added another run for a 3-0 edge.
EMU put two on with two outs in the fifth thanks to a pair of infield singles before Cisna pitched around Sam Ott and walked him on four straight pitches to load the bases. That spelled the end of the day for Cisna and left it up to Tyler Jordan. Jordan got the ground ball he needed, but an error while trying to get the force out allowed a run and the Eagles closed the gap to 3-1.
Ball State got the run back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Campbell. The Cardinals did not record a hit in the inning as Jarrett James was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch, took third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on the sacrifice fly.
The Eagles' bats remained quiet through the eighth inning as Weir recorded the final two outs of that frame via the called third strike. In the ninth, Eastern Michigan started with a leadoff single to right, but the Eagles went down in order after that as the Cardinals completed the series sweep.
Campbell was 2-for-4 on the day with one run-batted-in and one run scored. Blake Beemer was 2-for-3, while Wellman was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Ryan Spaulding and Sam Tidaback managed two hits apiece.
Ball State will play a non-conference game at Bowling Green Tuesday and a midweek home game with Purdue Wednesday before returning to MAC action with a three game home series vs. Toledo Friday through Sunday.