After getting rained out Saturday and snowed out Sunday, Ball State (18-nine, 4-zero MAC) awakened Monday to a few better information. According to the Collegiate Baseball Division I Poll, the Cardinals were ranked twenty-eighth inside the state, and that they showed why in their 12-5 win over Indiana Kokomo (24-10, 12-3 RSC). “This turned into an amazing day for us to get the paintings in that we need to prepare for next weekend,” head educate Rich Maloney said. The Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and delivered five extra runs inside the 2d. The large 2d inning turned into highlighted by way of a bases-clearing double through senior John Ricotta. That hit delivered home 3 runs. He finished the sport with four RBIs.
Having gained eight straight video games going into Monday, Ricotta stated the crew had to stay targeted to preserve doing what it’s doing moving forward. “We’ve been gambling quite regularly these days and winning video games,” Ricotta said. “We strive now not to assume too much approximately it. We just try to do the equal factor we do every day.” The Cardinals scored all 12 in their runs inside the first five innings, and Maloney decided to empty the bench inside the top of the sixth to provide more gamers time on the field. “They must take into account that once they get in there, we have to assume there isn’t a great deal difference,” Maloney said. “The gap of opposition between one participant and any other shouldn’t be huge. So they need to keep doing what they’re doing, working really hard and simply seeking to get better every day so that gap closes.”
Maloney gave more opportunities than just playing. He said he desired to deal with the last few innings as a coaching second for the younger gamers, so he took spoil from education the bases within the backside of the seventh inning, moved assistant instruct Blake Beemer to be third, and despatched junior Aaron Simpson to teach first. “It turned into a terrific revel in,” Simpson said with fun while his teammates teased him from behind. “I just took place to be after train, and he stated, ‘Hey, you’re education first,’ and I stated, ‘OK.’ Too bad we couldn’t get any runs, so I didn’t do my part that inning.”
Simpson changed into giving a helmet tap and a “Good task” to freshman Ryan Peltier after a one-out single inside the 7th. Maloney sent junior Lukas Jaksich to train first base the next inning. While he stated he cherished having the possibility, he became upset he wasn’t Maloney’s first preference. “He just exceeded [Simpson] his helmet and said, ‘Go to first,’ and absolutely everyone turned into like, ‘Woah! Woah!’” Jaksich said. “I was proper there, and I become arms at the hips like, ‘Come on instruct.’ He is going, ‘Alright, you got subsequent inning.’ I had the stopwatch, the sunshades, and the whole thing. I felt top out there.” Jaksich didn’t get a danger to have a runner on base. However, he said fanatics could have been entertained if someone got a hit.
“If there has been a ball within the gap or something, I turned into going to head loopy waving my palms and telling him to head. Then, I changed into going to scream a little bit,” Jaksich stated. “There changed into going to be something happening that could be a crowd-pleaser.” The Cougars controlled to load the bases and hit a grand slam in the ninth. However, it simplest put a dent within the deficit because the Cardinals recorded the final outs to earn the victory.