MUNCIE, Ind. - Central Michigan's offense sputtered a day after scoring a season-high 19 runs and Ball State was able to even the Mid-American Conference series at Ball Diamond Saturday afternoon, 6-1.
A solo home run by redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs was the only offense provided for the Chippewas (14-19, 4-7 MAC) as the Cardinals' (15-16, 5-6 MAC) Scott Baker limited CMU to just six hits to improve to 8-0 on the year.
The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles by Blake Beemer and Sean Godfrey. After Godfrey advanced to third on a wild pitch, Cody Campbell singled to to left to go ahead, 2-0.
Ryan Spaulding hit a solo shot to left field to lead off the second and another double by Beemer later in the inning pushed across Wes Winkle to make it a 4-0 game.
Ball State struck again in the fourth after Elbert DeVarie reached on an error and came aronund to score on a RBI single by Beemer before Billy Wellman scored an unearned run in the seventh that countered Jacobs' home run earlier in the frame.
Jacobs went 3-for-4 to lead the way at the plate, while sophomore Cody Leichman finished the afternoon 2-for-3. Freshman Taylor Lehnert started the contest and was credited with the loss for the Chippewas, giving up five runs - four earned - on nine hits over six innings of work.
CMU will hope to clinch the series Sunday afternoon when senior Rick Dodridge takes the mound. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.