Broncos Drop Two to Cardinals

Saturday in front of an estimated crowd of 228 fans the Broncos dropped a double header to the Ball State Cardinals. The Broncos were limited to just two hits by Cardinals pitcher Brian Lynch in the 6-1 loss in the first game. In the second game the Broncos scattered 18 hits in a 12-5 loss.

In the opening game Pat Misch surrendered 9 hits over 5 innings giving up all 6 runs while striking out 2 and walking 3. The Broncos only run came on a home run by Adam Rosales in the second inning. Ball State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added four in the third inning and another run in the fourth. Lynch also struck out 5 and walked one enroute to his 8th win of the season.

In the second game Ball State opened the scoring in the first inning. Ben Schroeder led off with a walk. He moved to second on a passed ball by catcher Ben Myers and took third base on a throwing error bye Myers. Brad Snyder drove Schroeder in for the games first run on a sacrifice fly to Tony Scheffler in left field. The Broncos had a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Adam Rosales led off with a double to the game in right center but was thrown out on a perfect throw by Snyder in right field.

The Broncos threatened again in the second inning but ended up leaving the bases loaded. Tarpley led off the inning with a single up the middle. After Kevin Kross struck out looking Tony Scheffler reached base on an error by the second baseman James Nowicki which allowed Tarpley to advance to second. Orlando Colon moved the runners up to second and third on a single that just made it past Nowicki for a single.

The Cardinals broke the game open in the top of the third inning scoring three runs on four hits all with two outs. Following a ground out to the shortstop Adam Rosales by Jason Bucholtz and a pop out to Rosales by Schroeder, Marc Franz singled to right field. Franz scored on a double to the gap in left center by Snyder. Designated hitter Adam Metzler drove in Snyder with another double up the gap. Metzler came into score when Brad Miller singled to left. Scheffler in left field threw Miller out attempting to turn his single into a double.

The Cardinals added another run in the fourth inning when Matt Singleton led off with an infield single and came in to score on a double down the left field line by Nowicki that escaped Scheffler's glove and went to the fence. Scheffler was able to recover and throw out Nowicki trying to take third on the play. Following a single by Mike Sullivan, Coach Decker changed pitchers bringing in Mark Rasmussen. Rasmussen gave up a bunt single to Bucholtz before getting Schroeder to fly out to left field. The Broncos got out of the inning when they caught Sullivan in between second and third.

Ball State put the game out of reach with two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Franz reached safely on a two base error by right fielder Tom Fabrizio. Snyder followed with a walk. Franz scored when Matt Singleton hit into a fielder's choice and Ben Myers failed to hold on to the ball at the plate to prevent the run from scoring. Kyle Dygert was brought in to pinch hit for Nowicki and promptly singled to right to drive in the second run of the inning. Sullivan ended the inning by grounding out to Steve Horn at second.

The Broncos finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. With two out Frank Ballard pinch hit for Myers and singled down the left field line. Rosales followed by hitting a double down the right field line that drove in Ballard for the Broncos first run of the game. After a bunt single by Mark Abro, Tom Fabrizio flew out to left field to end the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth inning the Broncos continued to chip away at the Cardinals lead. Chad Tarpley reached safely on a fielding error by shortstop Jason Bucholtz. Kevin Kross followed Bucholtz with a double down the right field line. Tony Scheffler drove in both runners with a double down the left field line. Scheffler came in to score when Steve Horn doubled to right center field. After Horn advanced to third on a ground out by Ballard Ball State brought in relief pitcher Andrew Anderson who gave up a RBI single to Adam Rosales. Rosales was caught stealing by catcher Matt Singleton to end the Broncos threat, but the Broncos had closed the gap to 7-5.

Despite the comeback the Broncos gave up three runs to the Cardinals in the top of the seventh inning. Singleton single left with one out. Dygert got his second hit of the game when he doubled to right field. Sullivan hit into a fielder's choice but was safe when Rosales tried to throw out Singleton at home and the throw went all the way to the backstop. Dygert ended up at third and Sullivan stopped at second on the play. Bucholtz followed with a single to bring in both runs and to give the Cardinals a 10-5 lead.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the top of the 8th inning. Snyder led off the inning with a home run down the right field line. With two outs Singleton singled. Singleton went to third on a single by Dygert and scored on a single by Sullivan. Dygert stole second base and tried to come home to score on Sullivan's single but was called out on a close play at the plate on a throw home by first baseman Chad Tarpley for the final out of the inning.

The Broncos (24-26, 15-12 MAC) used four pitchers in the second game. Clark Sterley started pitching 3 1/3 innings while surrendering 8 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), and walking one. Coach Decker used Mark Rasmussen, Zach Straayer and Shawn Morrison in relief. The trio combined for 5 2/3 innings pitched 10 hits, 7 runs (4 earned) while walking 2 and striking out three. The Broncos and Cardinals close out the series Sunday at 1:00. The Broncos will be honoring seven seniors in their final home game during pregame ceremonies.

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