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MAC Bats: April 1

Ball State extended its winning streak to nine games in the only MAC baseball game yesterday and Miami received votes in a national poll.

Scott Baker (Ball State Photo Services)

Ball State 12, Indiana-Kokomo 5

The Cardinals (18-9, 4-0 MAC) made fools out of Indiana-Kokomo with a five-run second inning and a four-run fifth inning as the offense scored 13 hits on the day. BSU is currently sitting pretty as the only unbeaten team in the MAC.

Ball State started the scoring right from the start with John Ricotta putting down a RBI-single in the first inning and capped off the scoring in the following inning with a three-RBI double. The Cougars never really threatened the Cards as they scored off of a defensive error in the seventh inning to stop the bleeding at 12-1 but a pitching change for BSU led to a grand slam for IU-Kokomo in the ninth inning before consecutive outs ended the game.

In addition to Ricotta, Aaron Simpson had himself a day with three runs scored, two hits, two walks, and a RBI while Noah Powell added two hits, a run scored, a walk, and a RBI. Aside from the last inning, the pitching staff played well with eight hits allowed, seven walks, and 17 strikeouts.

Ball State hosts Manchester on Wednesday afternoon.

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Yesterday, Miami (21-5, 5-1 MAC) received votes in the latest national college baseball writers’ poll. Despite boasting the #149 RPI and the #290 strength of schedule out of 299 teams, the RedHawks have been impressive this season with decisive wins in non-conference and a series victory over Kent State. The Red and White may have an opportunity to crack into the Top 30 with games against Cincinnati, Xavier, and Ohio State looming. The ‘Hawks return to action Wednesday against Northern Kentucky at home.