MUNCIE, Ind. – Chayce McDermott matched a career-high 13 strikes to lead the Ball State baseball team to a 7-1 victory in the first game of Saturday’s double header at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. But Toledo found the hits when they needed them in game two for a 6-3 victory to earn a split of today’s action.
“I thought both games were very competitive,” said the BSU head coach Rik maloney so. “We got the big hits, the timely hits in the first game, and they got timely hits in the second game. It was really the story of the day. I thought both pitchers for both teams hit well. Tomorrow we have to really fight and find a way to win the series. “
The Cardinals (11-9, 5-2 MAC) and the Rockets (4-16, 2-5 MAC) close their four games on Sunday with a first pitch at. Ball State leads the series 2-1 and will aim for a series of victories in an open conference game.
Based on guidance regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public attendance is not allowed at First Merchants Ballpark Complex this season.
Play 1 | BSU 7, TOL 1
McDermott knocked out nine consecutive Toledo hitters at one point on his way to 13 in a seven-inning complete game. He won 11 last week in just five innings against Western Michigan.
On Saturday, McDermott allowed only a first inning on Chris Meyer’s third weekend of the weekend for Toledo, and then the Rockets closed the rest of the way. He spread three hits and did not touch a single batter.
Ryan Peltier’s two-run homers at the bottom of the second put the Cardinals on top and they never gave the lead. BSU put the game out of reach with a four-pointer in the fifth round, highlighted by a two-RBI triple from Trenton Quartermaine. Noah powell add a solo shot in the sixth for good measure.
Game 2 | TOL 6, BSU 3
Lukas Jaksich was out there matching McDermott’s strike after strike as a BSU starter in the second game. The left-handers waved 11 Toledo strokes in 5.2 innings.
Jaksich burst through the first four innings without allowing a hit. Then Toledo broke through with three races in the fifth. Nicky Winterstein, who ran in five of Toledo’s six races in the game, covered two with a double in the fifth. The Rockets then hung three more on the sixth on a base-clearing triple from Winterstein to stretch the lead to 6-1.
Ball State, who managed just one race through six laps against Toledo starter Layne Schnitz-Paxton, tried to rally in the seventh. Decker Schefflers pinch-hit, two-RBI double with two outs cut the lead to three, but Schnitz-Paxton got what he needed to complete the seven-inning-complete game.