Rothwell’s 8 strikeouts give Ball State victory to split weekend series with Toledo

Ball State (27-16, 21-6 MAC) used an extra inning in Sunday’s game to level the four-game series with Toledo (22-19. 12-13 MAC) at the weekend.

At the opener on Friday, the Rockets used a third inning in three runs to score a 6-4 win. Second infielder Haley Wynn and senior outfielder Katie Janiga led the Cardinals with two runs apiece.

Toledo took the first of two on Saturday with another 6-4 win. The Rockets scored five runs in the fourth inning to part ways with the Cardinals after falling 2-1. Senior infielder Stacy Payton led the Cardinals with two RBI in defeat.

In the second game, Ball State scored the most runs in a 14-5 win since April 4 (16 against Central Michigan). After a deficit of 5-2, the Cardinals scored nine runs in the third inning. Ball State had eight different players, including two points from junior outfielder Faith Hensley. She finished the game 4 against 4 with three runs and three RBI.

Ball State scored three runs in the fifth inning to withdraw. After missing the last eight games due to an injury, junior infielder Amaia Daniel joined forces for a walk-in home run.

“(Daniel) at bat has been great for us all year,” said head coach Lacy Wood. “She’s been in different areas of the cast but always finds a way to get things done. Your ability to really dial in has consistently proven itself for us not just this weekend, but throughout the year. So it feels good to have her back. “

Amaia Daniel, Junior of the Cardinals, throws the ball home during her game against Kent State on April 9, 2021 at First Merchants Ballpark. The Cardinals won both games of their double headed ball against the Kent State Golden Flashes. Grace Walton, DN

At the series finale on Sunday, both teams scored three runs in the first inning to make it 3: 3.

The result remained tied until the fourth inning, when Toledo newcomer Jenna Kroll’s infielder completed a home run to extend the lead to 4-3.

At the end of the seventh inning, Daniel shot their third home run of the weekend on left field to tie the game and send it into an additional inning.

“I think the first few games in the series we tried to be too aggressive,” said Wood. “In the last two games we played grainy, determined and with a lot of energy again.”

After two hits from Kennedy Wynn and H. Wynn in the extra inning, Hensley hit an RBI single that brought K.Wynn home to win the game.

The PhD student pitcher Alyssa Rothwell relieved senior pitcher Darcie Huber in the middle of the fourth inning. On their last day, Rothwell thought the missiles were only one of 14 hits on bats, including eight strikes.

“That’s what you want from your executives,” said Wood. “(Rothwell) was really consistent for us and she came in and did exactly what we needed from her, which allowed us to take the win.”

Ball State returns to action against northern Illinois in a home double-header on Tuesday, May 4th. The first place is 1 p.m.

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