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Justin Rogers reached on two of his three plate appearances in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.
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Baseball Drops Two Games Saturday To La Salle

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Ball State baseball team dropped two games to La Salle Saturday at the FAU Beach Ball Bash. La Salle took game one of the doubleheader 4-2 and won the second game 11-5.


Ball State returns to action Sunday at 10 a.m. against 16th-ranked Oklahoma State. Follow that game and the entire tournament with live stats online at the Florida Atlantic Athletics Web site:


In Saturday's first game, Ball State put two runs on the board late but couldn’t overcome an early deficit.


La Salle started the scoring in the first inning on a two-run home run from John Rickards and added another in the second inning on a Justin Handler RBI single to build a 3-0 lead.


Ball State mounted a rally in the sixth inning. After back-to-back singles from Justin Rogers and Matt Stoeklen, Alex Schmid drew a walk to load the bases. Ryan Chenoweth followed with a walk to bring home the Cardinals’ first run of the game. Stoeklen scored later in the inning to bring Ball State within one run at 3-2.


But La Salle tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for the win.


Chenoweth led the Cardinals at the plate in game one, going 2-for-2 with a walk.


In the second game, La Salle jumped out to another early lead. Rickards again started the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning. T.J. Chism followed with an RBI single to give the Explorers a 3-0 lead after one inning.


La Salle added six runs in the fourth inning and one run each in the fifth and sixth innings to grab an 11-0 lead before the Ball State bats got going.


Wayne Bond put the Cardinals on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer. Later in the inning, Kory Benbow laced an RBI double, and Chenoweth notched a sacrifice fly to cut La Salle's lead to 11-4.


The Cardinals added one more run in the seventh when Cory Dragstrem led off with a single and came around to score. Dragstrem finished 2-for-3 at the plate in game two. Benbow joined him with a 2-for-3 effort to lead Ball State.


With the losses, the Cardinals fall to 0-3 on the season. La Salle improves to 2-1.


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