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Arizona baseball drops second straight to Ball State

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Bullpen issues and the inability to bring runners home doomed the Arizona Wildcats once again in a 5-2 home loss to Ball State on Sunday at Hi Corbett Field.

The UA (1-2) left 12 runners on base, going 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position in squandering a 2-0 lead for its second consecutive loss. The Wildcats stranded 15 men in Saturday’s 8-7, 11-inning loss to the Cardinals.

Ball State scored four times in the top of the sixth off three UA pitchers, with the Wildcats yielding nine walks.

Quinn Flanagan picked up the loss, coming on for starter Garrett Irvin in the second inning and allowing three runs in 3.2 innings.

Arizona batters struck out 12 times, with all but two starters fanning at least once. The Wildcats had seven hits, two by Ryan Holgate.

The UA and Ball State complete their 4-game series Monday at 10 a.m. MST at Hi Corbett.