Falcons split doubleheader against second place Cardinals

Sean Connelly and Tyler Kavalecz

The Bowling Green baseball team (15-24, 9-14 MAC) split a doubleheader against Ball State (27-15, 14-6 MAC) at Steller Field on Saturday.  

The Falcons fell 10-8 in the first game before prevailing 7-3 in the second game.  

Game One

In the bottom half of the first, senior Kyle Gurney got things started with a single to right field.

Right behind him was senior Tyler Ross following suit, singling to right field as well, advancing Gurney to third.

Sophomore Nathan Archer then stepped up to the plate and cleared the bases with a three-run home run to right field giving the Falcons the early lead.

In the bottom of the third, the Falcons added to their lead with a freshman DJ Newman double to start the inning.

Fellow first-year Sam Seidel then scored Newman and himself on a home run to right center giving the Falcons the 5-0 lead early.

In the fourth, BG pitcher Gage Schenk continued to wheel and deal posting yet another 1-2-3 inning.

It wasn’t until the top of the fifth that Schenk gave up his first hit.

The Cardinals then scored on him as well in that inning, slimming the Falcon’s lead to four.

He then went to the bump in the sixth, but a few early hits and runs in the inning ended his outing.

In the top of the frame, Ball State exploded the bats for 8 runs, making it 8-5 in favor of Ball State.

The Falcons quickly responded, slimming the Ball State lead to just one in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the eighth, the Cardinals added to their lead with another run.

The Falcons then went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth closing out the game, 10-8 in favor of Ball State.

Junior Isaiah Seidel was carded for the game-one loss.

Game Two

The longball continued to be a trend in the second game of the day, as Gurney sent a hanging breaking ball over the left field fence to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.  

Later in the fourth inning, Archer launched his third home run of the day, pushing the BG lead to two runs.

Archer doubled his season home run total on the day, giving him a team-high six.  

The Falcons added two more runs in the sixth inning.

Senior Ryan Johnston singled through the left side of the infield, scoring Gurney and senior Nathan Rose to push the BGSU lead to 4-0.  

In the seventh inning, BSU got on the scoreboard for the first time in the second game, cutting the BG lead to 4-1.

The Falcons answered with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Ross hit a sacrifice fly that scored Newman.

Rose later doubled for the 15th time this season, scoring Gurney and Archer to give the Orange and Brown a 7-3 advantage.  

The Cardinals attempted to mount a comeback in the top of the eighth inning, scoring the last two runs of the game as the Falcons left Steller Field with a four-run victory.  

The Falcons will close out the three-game set against Ball State on Sunday at Steller Field, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.

BGSU baseball will recognize student-athletes graduating this season before the game. 

For more information about the team, visit the athletics webpage.