Updated Sat, Apr 27, 2013 2:40 pm
The Ball State Cardinals (19-19, 8-9 MAC) beat the Ohio Bobcats (10-31, 5-12 MAC), 7-3, in the second game of the three game series.
A big, four-run sixth inning put the game away, as Ball State roughed up Ohio starter Marck Paliotto (2-7) and reliever Brett Barber.
Paliotto walked the first batter of the inning and allowed a single before being pulled for Barber. Barber didn’t fare much better, allowing two-RBI singles by Blake Beemer and Sam Tidaback and a two-run double by pinch-hitter Dominick Catanzarite to extend Ball State’s lead from 3-1 to 7-1.
Going into the sixth inning, Ohio actually had more hits than Ball State at five to four, but Ball State’s hits turned into runs.
In the first inning, Ball State took a 1-0 lead after a double and single led to a sacrifice fly by Cody Campbell.
In the second inning, Ohio got on the board and tied the game after Kyle Dean and Ben Otto were both hit by pitches and Tyler Wells hit an RBI single.
The Cardinals answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run by Tidaback to make it 2-1.
In the third inning, another solo home run, this time by Sean Godfrey, made it 3-1 BSU.
A sacrifice fly by Ohio catcher Kyle Dean in the eighth and an RBI single by Jon Adryan in the ninth were the only other runs for the Bobcats.
Ball State reliever Miles Moeller came on in the ninth and allowed the hit to Adryan, but kept two Ohio runners stranded and retired the next three batters to close out the game.
Ball State starting pitcher Chris Marangon (2-3) went 8-plus innings of work before being pulled with no outs and two runners on in the ninth inning. He allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out four on his way to the victory.
Paliotto got the loss for Ohio going 5.1 innings and allowing five hits and five runs.