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Slump continues: MIAMI swept by BSU

Miami just can’t seem to find the magic of last season. After a very respectable showing in the toughest non-conference schedule in program history, the RedHawks have stumbled out of the gate in MAC play, dropping a three-game series for the first time since 2004 in the league opener against Toledo and, this past weekend, being swept in a three-game set for the first time since 2004 as well, as the Ball State Cardinals won 19-13, 5-0, and 4-2 in Muncie.

The Friday game was a sloppy display of offense on both sides, as Miami had 17 hits and the Cardinals 23. Miami took a 5-3 lead into the fourth inning, and Ball State exploded for eight runs off of starter Keith Weiser. The Cards plated seven more in the fifth and sixth against relievers Matt Erwood and Tommy Nurry. The RedHawks cut the lead to 18-9 in the seventh, but Ball State scored a single run in the bottom half to get to 19. Miami plated four in the ninth, but it was too little, too late.

Saturday’s affair was a 5-0 shutout for the Cardinals. Miami pitcher Graham Taylor gave up solo shots in the first and second, a run on three hits in the third, and a two-run shot in the eighth. Miami was unable to get a baserunner until the fourth, and Taylor was tagged with a complete game loss to fall to 1-4 on the season.

The RedHawks jumped out to the early lead again on Sunday thanks to Will Reynolds’ sacrifice fly. Miami followed with a run in the seventh, tying the game at 2-2. Sam Shorts, starting in place of John Ely, who was ill, turned in an excellent performance as he held the Cardinals to two runs in 6.1 innings of work. Unfortunately, reliever Jeff Day gave up two runs in his appearance, and the Cardinals never looked back, winning 4-2.

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