Baseball falls to Ball State in first three games of series


Mingda Wu

Then-sophomore infielder Eric Erato swings his bat during a game against Ball State University on April 23, 2022 in DeKalb.

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter

Saturday, game one: Ball State 13, NIU 0

Ball State took over the game early as they scored four runs.

The Cardinals continued to shut the Huskies out as they scored five more runs. The Cardinals won in a blowout 13-0.

Saturday, game two: Ball State 6, NIU 1

Ball State scored the first run of the game in the third inning. The Cardinals had three runs in the third inning.

The Huskies couldn’t bounce back from the first game as they lost again, 6-1. 

“Ball State pitched really well today,” head coach Mike Kunigonis said in an NIU Athletics news release. “We had our opportunities to score runs in both games and unfortunately we didn’t. We just have to do a better job with runners and scoring positions and finding ways to score.”

Sunday: Ball State 9, NIU 5

The Cardinals’ momentum started early as they scored five runs in the second inning. 

Ball State continued another scoring run as they had four runs in the fifth inning.

NIU almost matched Ball State in hits as they had eight compared to the Cardinals’ 11.

Ball State won the game 9-5. 

Looking ahead

The NIU baseball team will face Ball State again at noon on Monday for the series finale.