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MAC Bats: April 20

Ball State is now a game back of the MAC lead while Kent State evened the series with NIU.

TJ Weir (Ball State Photo Services)

Ball State 3, Miami 2

In a resumption of Friday’s suspended season opener, the Cardinals (24-13, 8-3 MAC) used a three-run seventh inning to get past the RedHawks (29-8, 10-3 MAC) and to cut Miami’s lead to one game in the MAC standings. Chase Sebby capitalized on a pair of Miami errors to break the scoreless tie in the seventh while Noah Navarro punched a two-RBI single through the right side to take a 3-0 lead for the Cards.

The ‘Hawks made a late rally in the ninth as Cole Andrews recorded a RBI to get them on the board while Reid Norberg delivered a RBI-single with two outs to cut the deficit to one run. With the tying run at third and the winning run at first, a groundout ended the comeback bid for Miami. It was a great pitching duel for both staffs as BSU struck out 14 and only allowed two earned runs while the RedHawks didn’t allow an earned run with 13 strikeouts.

Kent State 11, Northern Illinois 10

The Flashes (17-19, 6-6 MAC) made a successful rally in the ninth inning to take the victory against the Huskies (12-26, 8-6 MAC) and to even the series at one game apiece. NIU took a 5-1 lead after three innings thanks to three RBIs from Kam Smith, but a three-run home run from Alex Ronnebaum helped power a four-run fourth inning for KSU. Brendan Joyce and Jake Dunham registered RBIs in the bottom of the inning for Northern Illinois to take the lead once more at 7-5.

Things looked bleak for the Flashes in the sixth inning as Nick Drobushevich delivered a two-RBI single while a wild pitch allowed another run to score, putting the Huskies ahead 10-5. However, Ben Carew hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning to cut the deficit to three runs and eventually put the Flashes ahead with a two-RBI double in the ninth inning after Ronnebaum hit a two-RBI single earlier in the inning. A one-two-three inning for Pavin Parks gave KSU the win after Parks and Chris Martin pitched four innings of shutout baseball to close the game.