Ball State on the Radar
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Escaping Iowa with a victory in the finale of the four-game set vs. the Hawkeyes, the Indiana baseball team concludes its 10-game road trip at Ball State on Tuesday, April 19, at Ball Diamond. First pitch between the Hoosiers (19-15) and Cardinals (23-11) is scheduled for 3 p.m.
In addition to its 23-11 overall record, BSU holds a 10-2 record in the Mid-American Conference, where they sit second in the West Division. BSU took two out of three games vs. Central Michigan this past weekend in Muncie, Ind.
Brant and Parker provided the game-changing hits, with Brant clearing the bases with a double off the left field fence for a 7-5 IU lead in the sixth. Batting for the second time in the frame, Parker collected his second hit with a double into right as Brant scampered home with the Hoosiers' eighth and eventual game-winning run.
Two pitchers earned career firsts in the contest. Junior southpaw Adam Poole pitched two innings and gave up a pair of runs en route to his first victory as a Hoosier, and freshman right-hander Chris McCombs scored his first career save. McCombs came in for Poole and tossed the final four innings of one-hit ball, surrendering one earned run and striking out three.
In the victory over Miami, senior Joe Kemp fired a scoreless ninth to earn his first career save, and sophomore Matt Saba notched his third victory in four decisions, tossing 1 2/3 innings without allowing a run.
Sophomore Ryan DeGeeter will get the starting nod against the Cream and Crimson. The right-hander is 0-2 on the season with a 8.59 ERA.
Offensively, the Cardinals are led by a quartet of .331 hitters. Senior Marc Franz (1 HR, 28 RBI), sophomore Mike Sullivan (9 SB, 29 R), senior Jason Bucholtz (12 SB, 32 R) and junior Brad Miller (4 HR, 28 RBI) all hold a .331 batting average.
The two teams were scheduled to play earlier this season in Bloomington, Ind., but the contest was canceled due to inclement weather. IU leads the overall series 22-21, but BSU claimed the last meeting at Ball Diamond, 11-3, on April 15, 1998.
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