Projected Starting Pitchers
Game 1 – Colin Brockhouse, RHP (3-4, 4.15 ERA, 46 Ks)
Game 2 – Kevin Marnon, LHP (4-4, 4.04 ERA, 42 Ks)
Game 3 – Brendan Burns, RHP (5-3, 3.58, 41 Ks) or Matt Haro, LHP (4-1, 2.40 ERA, 28 Ks)
Opening Pitch: The Cardinals will celebrate Senior Day this Sunday. Three seniors – LHP Matt Haro, INF Ryan Spaulding and OF Scott Tyler – as well as senior student manager Anthony Marquez will be honored prior to first pitch.
This is also the final home league series of the season. Ball State is 6-3 in home MAC games, including a series sweep over Western Michigan. 1B Caleb Stayton is batting .513 (20-of-39) in those games with four home runs, four doubles and 21 RBIs.
Series History: Eastern Michigan holds a 76-71-1 lead in the series which dates back to 1950. The Cardinals had won eight straight over the Eagles until EMU won the final two games of a three-game set in 2015.
RF Alex Call went 10-for-15 (.667) with three RBIs at the plate in last year’s series.
2006 Team Reunion: Ball State’s 2006 team, which won the MAC Tournament and qualified for NCAA Regionals, is celebrating its 10-year reunion this weekend.
The Cardinals won 12 of their final 14 regular season games that year and then swept all four games at the MAC Tournament to claim the program’s first tournament title. Ball State went on to defeat No. 8 Kentucky in the opening game of the NCAA Regionals before dropping the next two games to end the magical season.
2B Kyle Dygert was named MVP of the MAC Tournament after hitting two home runs in four games, including a two-run shot in the championship game.
Strong Bullpen: Over the last 10 MAC games, the Ball State bullpen has tossed 48 innings and holds a 1.69 ERA. In eight of those 10 games, the bullpen has allowed no more than one earned run.
RHP BJ Butler has been particularly effective as he has made eight consecutive appearances in MAC games without allowing a run. Butler has four wins and a save in that stretch.
Quite a Series for Baisa: LF Roman Baisa was a tough out in the Buffalo series April 29-30. He went 6-for-8 (.750) at the plate, scored three times, walked three times and stole seven bases
In the series opener at Buffalo, Baisa piled up three stolen bases, the most by a Ball State player since CF Matt Eppers swiped three bases versus Maine on March 3, 2015. He also scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning in the 4-2 win over the Bulls.
Congratulations Graduates!: RF Alex Call and INF Ryan Spaulding are expected to earn their bachelor’s degree this spring or summer. Call majored in entrepreneurial management while Spaulding majored in finance.