Toledo dropped a 15-4 decision to Ball State on Saturday in Mid-American Conference action on sunny Scott Park. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 13-19 overall, 5-6 in the league.
The Cardinals (23-12, 8-2 MAC) scored the game's first seven runs and were never threatened by their MAC West Division rival to even the weekend series at one win each. UT claimed a 12-4 triumph in yesterday's series opener.
All nine BSU starters collected a hit and all but two scored a run against a trio of Toledo pitchers, helping the visitors post the 11-run road triumph. Toledo hurlers did not help its own cause in the process against Ball State, either, yielding a season-high nine walks.
The Cardinals were paced by LF Kyle Raleigh (3-for-4, 2 RS, RBI) and 2B Ryan Spaulding (2-for-3, 4 RS, 4 RBI) with multi-hit efforts. The duo combined for five hits, six runs scored and five RBI.
Toledo RHP Sam Shutes (2-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits, five walks and a collegiate-best nine punchouts in a season-high 6.2 innings of work.
Offensively, junior 3B Dan Zuchowski (2-for-4, RS, 3 RBI) and senior C James Miglin (2-for-3, RBI) had solid days at the plate for UT and finished with a team-high two hits each.
Ball State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on the strength of a two-out double by C Jarett Rindfleish (1-for-4, 2 RBI) in the first. The initial two batters in the inning drew walks and both scored on Rindfleish's two-base hit down the left-field line.
The Cardinals added to their advantage on the strength of a solo home run off the bat of Raleigh in the second and a two-run round tripper by DH Sam Tidaback (1-for-4, 2 RS, 3 RBI) in the fifth to stretch the margin to 6-0.
After BSU tacked on another run in the top of the seventh to end the afternoon for UT's Shutes, the Midnight Blue & Gold broke up the shutout on a RBI single by Miglin. The Warsaw, IN native ripped out a two-out hit through the left side of the infield to collect his 17th RBI on the season.
The Cardinals were still not done offensively and received a RBI double by Spaulding and a two-run single from 1B Caleb Stayton (1-for-4, 3 RBI) in the top of the eighth to set the difference at 10-1.
UT would not go down without a fight, though, as Zuchowski delivered a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth to set the difference at six, 10-4.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, BSU responded with five insurance tallies in the ninth to record the 11-run road victory. The big hit in the at-bat was a three-run home run to left-center field by Spaulding.
Ball State RHP T.J. Weir (4-1) was credited with the victory, surrendering four runs (all earned) on seven hits with eight punchouts in 8.0 frames of work.