April 3, 2011
By Drew Davis
OXFORD, Ohio - Kyle Weldon homered for the second-straight game to lead an eighth-inning rally, but Miami couldn't complete the comeback, falling to Ball State 6-3 Sunday afternoon at McKie Field.
The RedHawks (13-14, 4-2 MAC) dropped a MAC series for the first time this season while the Cardinals (6-19, 4-2 MAC) won two of three for the second straight weekend.
Ball State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, chasing Miami starter Brooks Fiala (2-2), who surrendered both runs on four hits, two walks and one strikeout.
The Cardinals tacked on two more in the third with a two-run home run by Billy Wellman off Seth Varner to take a 4-0 lead.
The RedHawks cut into the four-run advantage in the fourth inning with a double by Kevin Bower that brought Weldon in all the way from first base to make it 4-1 but T.J. Baumet stretched the Ball State lead back out to four runs at 5-1 with a solo home run to left center in the top of the seventh.
Miami pulled to within two in the bottom of the eighth when Weldon hit a solo shot over the wall in straight away center for his sixth home run this season. Four batters later, Ryan Curl's single to left center field plated Adam Weisenburger from second base to cut the Ball State lead to 5-3.
Shawn Marquardt pitched one and a third innings of perfect baseball in the eighth and ninth as Miami tried to climb back into the game, but the Cardinals added an insurance run in the top of the ninth for a 6-3 lead, From there, visiting closer, Scott Brothers, Jr. shut the door on the RedHawks in the bottom of the ninth.
The RedHawks' next game is at home on Tuesday April 5 against former Miami head coach Tracy Smith and the Indiana Hoosiers at 6 p.m. at McKie Field.