Baseball Can’t Withstand Early NIU Offense in Setback to the Huskies

DeKALB, Ill. – The Ball State baseball team couldn’t overcome a Northern Illinois offense that put up a pair of four-run innings as the Huskies took the middle game of the series 12-3 on Saturday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field.

The Cardinals (26-19-1, 13-10 Mid-American Conference) scored once each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but it was too late as NIU (16-30, 10-13 MAC) plated one in the first, four in the second and four more in the fifth inning to build a 9-0 advantage on their way to evening the three-game set.

Blake Bevis drove in Hunter Dobbins on an RBI grounder in the seventh before Decker Scheffler brought home Corey Miley on a fielder’s choice in the eighth. Max Kalk hit his first home run of the year with a solo shot to right center in the ninth inning to account for the day’s final scoring for the Cardinals.

Keegan Johnson (6-2) surrendered five runs (four earned) in 1.2 innings to suffer the loss for the visitors, while Huskies starter Adam Brouwer (6-5) threw 7.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the win.

Northern Illinois claims its first game in the head-to-head series since 2019 after Ball State had won 14 in a row.

The rubber match between the MAC opponents is scheduled for 2 pm ET (1 CT) on Sunday.