Ohio will play Ball State in a three-game series on Friday in Muncie, Indiana, as the Bobcats, currently sixth in the Mid-American Conference, begin a crucial seven-game road trip to finish the regular season.

Ohio (16-27, 10-10 MAC) is just one game ahead of Northern Illinois for the last MAC Tournament spot. Ball State (30-17, 14-5 MAC) hasn’t lost a series since it lost two of three games against Central Michigan in early April. The Cardinals are also an exceptional home team and enter Friday with a 14-1 record at Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark.


First pitch: 3 p.m.

Probable starters: RHP Edward Kutt IV (3-3, 2.79 ERA) vs. RHP Drey Jameson (4-3, 3.18 ERA)


First pitch: 1 p.m.

Probable starters: RHP Jack Liberatore (6-4, 3.48 ERA) vs. RHP John Baker (6-1, 1.80 ERA)


First pitch: 1 p.m.

Probable starters: RHP Kenny Ogg (3-6, 4.88) vs TBD

Scouting Ball State

Team Stats

Batting average: .278

On-base percentage: .360

Slugging percentage: .416

ERA: 4.60


-Baker leads the MAC with a 1.80 ERA.

-Aaron Simpson is 10th in the MAC with a .343 batting average.

-Rudy Rott is 16 hits away from tying Ohio’s all-time career hits record.