BALL STATE RELEASE
MUNCIE, Ind. – Senior Seth Freed emphatically ended game two of Friday’s doubleheader between the Ball State baseball team and Miami with a no-doubt solo home run over the right field fence to secure a 13-12 Cardinals victory. Miami took the opener of the three-game Mid-American Conference series, 17-6.
Ball State (17-16, 5-6 MAC) needed a big inning to even have a chance to win game two. The Cardinals trailed 11-5 after the top of the sixth inning, but rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the frame to take their first lead of the day. The first eight batters all reached base, highlighted by three straight run-scoring doubles from Freed, sophomore Noah Powell and junior Chase Sebby. Senior Jeff Riedel tied the game at 11 when he scampered home on a wild pitch. Fellow senior Colin Brockhouse then scored on a groundout to give Ball State a 12-11 lead.
Freshman reliever Cody Freed shut the door on Miami (20-11, 7-4) in the seventh and eighth innings only to run into trouble in the ninth. A walk, hit batter and bunt single loaded the bases for the RedHawks with two outs. Miami’s Cal Elvers worked a bases loaded walk to bring the tying run home. However, Ball State avoided further damage when freshman pitcher Drey Jameson came on to strike out Adrian Texidor.
Seth Freed nearly lined a ball over the fence in his first at-bat of the doubleheader. In the bottom of the ninth of game two, the second baseman didn’t miss this opportunity as he launched a 3-1 pitch into the trees in right field for his fifth home run of the season. This was Ball State’s second walk-off win this spring. The Cardinals downed UMass Lowell, 4-3, in 10 innings on Feb. 17 thanks to a walk-off single from junior Griffin Hulecki.
Riedel had a pair of home runs and chipped in with four RBIs in the game two victory. Powell added a home run, double and three RBIs.
Miami never trailed in game one and used a four-run sixth inning to open up a 9-4 lead. The RedHawks scored all four runs with two outs thanks to a two-run double from Dallas Hall followed by a two-run home run from Ross Haffey. Miami ran away with the game behind an eight-run ninth inning.
With a very stiff wind blowing out to center field, both teams were hitting the ball out of First Merchants Ballpark Complex. There were a total of 12 home runs spanning the two games, five of which came from Haffey. Miami’s first baseman went a combined 7-for-9 at the plate with five home runs, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored. Haffey also walked twice. Teammate Landon Stephens notched three home runs and piled up six RBIs.
The two teams will try to play the final game of the series tomorrow, April 14 at 1 p.m., weather permitting.