MUNCIE, Ind. - In chilly, wet conditions Wednesday at Ball Diamond, the Ball State baseball team dropped a non-conference contest 12-4 to Purdue.
Ball State (11-13, 2-1 MAC) returns to Mid-American Conference play Friday with the first of three games at Miami. Friday's game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.
After Purdue scored a run in the top of the first inning of Wednesday's game, Ball State answered with a run in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Stoeklen to tie the game 1-1.
But the game remained tied for only one more inning. Starting in the top of the third inning, the Boilermakers scored six unanswered runs to take a 7-1 lead. Purdue put up two runs in the third, three in the fourth and one more in the sixth.
Ryne White led the Boilermakers with three hits and four RBI. Spencer Ingaldson also had three hits for Purdue and drove in two runs. The Boilermakers used six pitchers to keep the Ball State bats at bay.
The Cardinals broke through with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Matt Gard RBI single and a Dygert sacrifice fly, cutting the Purdue lead to 7-3.
After each team tallied a run in the eighth inning, Ball State headed to the ninth still down four runs. But the Boilermakers doubled that lead, scoring four more runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Ball State's Jeremy Hazelbaker and Kory Benbow each picked up one hit in the game, extending their hitting streaks to eight and seven games, respectively. Gard and Dygert have now hit safely in five straight.