Ohio is entering the weekend on a high note, and it will need it for the series ahead. After sweeping Akron in a doubleheader Tuesday, Ohio is headed to Muncie, Indiana, this weekend to take on Ball State in a four-game series.
The Cardinals are sitting at second in the Mid-American Conference standings. They’ve only lost one game this season and are ahead of third-place Toledo by six games. Ohio will have a steep hill to climb if it wants to knock Ball State down a peg, especially since it’s 7-0 at home this season.
Here’s what you need to know to follow along with Ohio this weekend:
Opponent: Ball State Cardinals (22-11, 16-1 MAC)
First pitch: 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 1 p.m. (Saturday), Noon (Sunday)
Venue: Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex, Muncie, Indiana
Live stats: here
Meet the opponent
In the circle:
21 Deborah Jones (9-3, 3.43 ERA, 81.2 IP)
3 Alyssa Rothwell (3-3, 3.62 ERA, 29.0 IP)
0 Tieghan Morio (6-2, 4.10 ERA, 58.0 IP)
23 Faith Hensley (86 AB, .395 avg., 26 RBI)
22 Stacy Payton (96 AB, .375 avg., 25 RBI)
14 Delanie Johnson (62 AB, .371 avg., 14 RBI)
Ohio and Ball State haven’t faced off against each other since the 2019 MAC Tournament. Ohio won the first-round game 3-2 in extra innings, after a walk-off single by then-second baseman Charlee Pond brought home Katie Yun.
In the regular season, the two haven’t faced off since April 2017, when the Cardinals took two in a three-game series.