Toledo (5-19, 0-4 MAC) gained its first lead in four games this weekend in the nightcap against Ball State (18-10, 4-0 MAC) on Saturday, but was unable to hold on and was swept for the second consecutive day at Scott Park, 14-5 & 10-7.
After dropping the early contest, UT starter Marla Gooding (6.2 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 4 K, 3 BB) found her groove in the second game and kept the league's top offense in check by holding them hitless through four of the five opening frames.
UT gained an early 2-0 lead off an RBI double by sophomore shortstop Allisa Turkovitch (2-for-4) and tacked on two more later after a pair of BSU runs for a 4-2 advantage. The runs plated by Turkovitch were her first RBI's of the season.
Gooding retired the first two batters to open the sixth, but the Cardinals' three-hole hitter, Jenny Gilbert, provided instant offense with her fourth home run of the day to tie the game. She finished an impressive 6-for-8 (.750) with four homers, a double, seven runs batted in and six runs scored.
Controversy ensued shortly after when a BSU runner tested the arm of UT right fielder Lindsey Tobias and was called safe on a close play that would've ended the inning. The next batter laced a double to the right-center gap, allowing both runs to score and shifting the mometum completely into Ball State's favor.
The Cardinals cushioned their lead with five more in the seventh to make it 10-4. That proved to be valuable as Tobias (2-for-4) clubbed her third long ball of the season to score three in Toledo's final at-bat, but UT couldn't mount the comeback and fell 10-7.
Toledo struggled to get things going in the first game with four miscues on defense, while Ball State scored a run in six of the seven innings for an easy 14-5 win.
Senior infielder Courtney McCarthy carried over her outstanding performance from yesterday into the opening game with another multi-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a double and her second home run while plating three runs.
Four Rockets had two hits apiece in the nightcap, including junior Lani Ernst (2-for-4; 2 R), junior Erinn Wright (2-for-4), Turkovich and Tobias.
BSU's Nicole Steinbach (7-7) earned the complete-game win in game one, while Audra Sanders (5-2) claimed the game two victory in relief.
Toledo out-clubbed Ball State in game two 12-9, but was out-hit in the first game 18-8.
UT will be back in action on Wednesday, April 3 in a road doubleheader at Dayton (11-14). The first game of the non-conference tilt is slated for 3:00 p.m. at UD Softball Stadium.