RedHawks take 2-of-3 at Ball State
Host Chippewas in big series this weekend
MUNCIE, IN -- After shutting out Ball State 6-0 Tuesday, the Miami RedHawks split a twin-bill with BSU Wednesday.
Miami took the first game 4-3 as Brianna Pratt picked up her 22nd win against 10 losses. Ball State then came back with a vengance, scoring seven first inning runs and going on to register a 10-0, five-inning victory.
With the series win, Miami moved to 16-7 in conference play. Ball State dropped to 15-11.
The RedHawks are now tied with Ohio (16-7) for second place. Miami will meet first place Central Michigan (17-6) in a big series, starting with two games (1 p.m., 3 p.m.) Saturday, April 29. The Chippewas are currently riding an 11-game win streak.
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RECAP- TUESDAY, APRIL 25 -- MUNCIE, IN
MIAMI 6, BALL STATE 0
Miami took an early lead with two runs in the first and added a single run in the second. It stayed 3-0 until the seventh, when MU added three more. Allie Cummins and Riley Coyne both homered in the frame, with the latter belting a two-run shot to right field. The duo accounted for all five RedHawk RBIs in the contest. Cummins went 3-for-4 at the plate. Brianna Pratt struck out nine and did not walk a batter while scattering five hits to raise her record to (21-10).
RECAP- GAME 1 -- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 -- MUNCIE, IN
MIAMI 4, BALL STATE 3
Miami scratched out a first inning run when Allie Cummins walked stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Karli Spaid's sacrifice fly.
The RedHawks then went up 3-0 with Jenna Golemblewski's two-run homer. However, Ball State tied the contest with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Pratt left two runners stranded in scoring position by inducing a ground out and striking out a batter to end BSU's rally.
Maddi Banks coaxed a walk to lead off the fifth. After two outs, she moved to second on a wild pitch and came home with the game-winning score on Spaid's double to right.
Pratt (22-10) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth and set the Cardinals down 1-2-3 in the seventh to pick up the win.
RECAP- GAME 2 -- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 -- MUNCIE, IN
BALL STATE 10, MIAMI 0
The Cardinals banged out five hits while also taking advantage of two walks and a hit batter to jump in front 7-0 in the first inning. They added three runs in the fifth, despite not getting a hit.
The Cardinals finished with 10 runs on five hits, while MU managed just three hits off Bridie Murphy (7-2). DePew (4-4) took the loss, failing to make it out of the first inning. Taylor Turner finished, permitting two hits and six runs while striking out three and walking three.
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Editor-Publisher Mike Smith
Mike grew up in Mid-American Conference football and basketball territory and returned there after military service. He has been covering MAC football and men's basketball for much of the last several decades.