YPSILANTI —- Ball State University brought out the cleaning tools including the broom and successfully completed the weekend sweep of the weekend series against Eastern Michigan University at Oestrike Stadium, Sunday afternoon.
All weekend long, the Cardinals used good pitching, stellar defense and timely hitting against the Eagles.
The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 4-1, which helped with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo and the bus ride back to the freshly plowed corn field that surrounds the city of Muncie, Indiana a much easier ride down the expressway.
Eastern Michigan University could only scratch just one run against Ball State University starting pitcher Jon Cisna but he did not get the win.
Ball State University baseball coach Rich Maloney with two out in the fifth inning went to the mound made the motion and brought Tyler Jordan out of the bullpen to put out of the fire before it became an inferno of trouble.
Jordan faced Eagles’ designator hitter Lee Longo, who hit a ground ball that turned out to be a fielder’s choice and an error by second baseman Ryan Spaulding.
Maloney wasted no time in getting out of the dugout and making another call to the bullpen and getting his relief pitcher T.J. Weir into the game.
Weir came into game and just close the door on the Eagle hitters. His fastball darted and the breaking ball did the job and Weir recorded his third win of the season.
The Eagles hitters could only get five hits against the Cardinal’s pitching, striking out seven times and leaving nine runners on base.
Eastern Michigan University baseball coach Jay Alexander said after the game, his team did not come into the series focused and ready to play against the Cardinals.
“We didn’t do anything to deserve to win, “ Alexander said after the game. “The only thing that we did is show up on the field. We didn’t show up at the plate today. None of the guys hit.”
Eagles’ shortstop John Rubino was the only batter for Eastern Michigan University to have two hits against the Cardinals-both hits were singles.
Rubino scored the only run for Eagles in the fifth inning scoring on the error made by Spaulding.
“We just did not hit,” Alexander said. “Credit there pitching staff they did a very good job, what happens you run into a pretty good pitcher every now and then and there you go.”
“They came to play this weekend and we didn’t!,” Alexander said about the Eagles. “They did everything right and we didn’t do a lot of things right. They did all the little things well things that they haven’t been doing in the past.”
Alexander said that Maloney and his team are just starting to put things together and Alexander also says this is the right time of the season to start doing things right and gaining momentum heading into the Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament.
Alexander said a long time ago that his starting pitcher Joe Battistelli competed like a bulldog and that he is a pitcher that he likes to have out on the mound.
Battistelli gave up eight hits while working just 3 2/3 innings for the Eagles.
Alexander used three pitchers out of the bullpen, Taylor Dimmerling, Neil Butara and Kristian Calibuso appeared for the Eagles.
“Seniors are not stepping up and actually they are hiding right now,” Alexander said about the senior leadership on his team.
Eastern Michigan University have two midweek games both against Big Ten Conference teams, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at Wilpon Complex Tuesday night, May 7,2013 starting at 6 p.m.
Wednesday afternoon May 8, 2013 the Eagles will travel to East Lansing to play Michigan State University at McLane Baseball Stadium starting at 3 p.m.
Alexander will be experimenting some but he said the only thing leading up to the midweek games and then the next weekend series against Northern Illinois University is a simple philosophy for his team to follow.
“They just need to show up!” Alexander said.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.