Manering, Jordan quiet Indiana's bats as Ball State upsets 19th-ranked Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Behind starter Clay Manering's six strong inning on the hill, Ball State notched a 5-3 upset against in-state rival and 19th-ranked Indiana on Wednesday.
With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 16-17 overall, while the Hoosiers fell to 26-8.
Ball State plated home three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead. Elbert Devarie reached on a fielder's choice to score Kevin Schlotter, who reached on a single to start the inning. Sean Godfrey's sacrifice fly scored Devarie and an ensuing error on the play scored Wes Winkle, who had singled.
Indiana responded with one run in the third to close the gap to 3-1, but Ball State added a fourth run in the fourth when Sam Tidaback's double scored Schlotter.
The Hoosiers closed the game to 4-3 with a pair of runs in the sixth.
Ball State added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to seal the 5-3 win. The Cardinals' final run was a result of a Devarie double, followed by a pair of sacrifice bunts from Winkle and Blake Beemer.
Manering allowed two earned runs and struck out four batters to bring his record to 2-2 on the season. Tyler Jordan came on in relief and pitched the final three innings, allowing no hits and striking out one.
Devarie was 1-for-4 on the day with an RBI and two runs scored. Godfrey was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Tidaback was 2-for-3 with and RBI.