Falcons drop rubber match against Ball State

Tyler Kavalecz, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

The Bowling Green baseball team (15-25, 9-15 MAC) fell 6-4 against Ball State (28-15, 15-6 MAC) at Steller Field on Sunday.

The game got underway 15 minutes later than originally scheduled due to a brief rain delay. 

BSU jumped ahead early as a three-run home run helped propel the Cardinals to a 5-0 lead after the top of the second inning. 

The Falcons responded in the bottom of the second inning, as sophomore Nathan Archer stayed red hot, launching a ball over the right field fence.

Archer has hit four home runs in the past two days, giving him a team-leading seven longballs on the season. 

The Falcons were not done yet, as senior Ryan Johnston singled, scoring senior Nathan Rose.

A throwing error on an attempt to get Johnston out at first allowed senior Justin Fugitt to score, making it a 5-3 game after two innings. 

The scoreboard remained quiet until the Cardinals hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, stretching their lead to 6-3. 

The Falcons attempted to mount a comeback, with freshman Sam Seidel crushing a ball over the trees beyond the right field fence, cutting the BSU lead to two runs.

Neither team crossed home again, as Ball State left Stellar Field with the series win against the Falcons. 

The Orange and Brown will travel to South Bend, Indiana for a game against Notre Dame on Tuesday before returning home for a matchup against Oakland on Wednesday.

First pitch against the Fighting Irish is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the game against the Golden Grizzlies at Stellar Field is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start. 

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