Baseball Loses Extra Inning Game at Western Michigan
Ball State's baseball team suffered a 12-11 loss in 11 innings in a Mid-American Conference game at Western Michigan Friday.
With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 12-14 overall and 2-5 in the MAC, while WMU improved to 11-17 overall and 5-2 in league play.
The Cardinals scored first and took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning before Western Michigan tallied eight runs in the bottom half of the fourth.
Ball State responded with nine runs in the top half of the sixth to take a 10-9 lead after five and a half frames.
The Cardinals managed its big inning on eight hits, including a Cody Campbell RBI double. Billy Wellman knocked in two runs in the inning with a single, while Kevin Schlotter, Winkle, Godfrey and T.J. Weir each knocked in a run apiece.
Western Michigan responded with one run in the bottom of the sixth and the Cardinals led 10-9 after six innings.
In the eighth, Ball State scored one run, while allowing the Broncos two runs and the score was knotted at 11-11 through eight. The Cardinals scored on a Godfrey RBI single that scored Winkle, who opened up the inning with a base hit.
Western Michigan held the Cardinals scoreless in their final three at-bats before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 11th on a single and a pair of bunts.
Weir pitched the final three innings, allowing zero earned runs and striking out two batters, but suffered the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season.
Godfrey led the Cardinals with a 4-for-6 performance from the plate and added three runs-batted-in and scored twice. Campbell and Winkle added three hits apiece, while Wellman was 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored.
The Cardinals will face Western Michigan Saturday and Sunday in 1 p.m. games to complete the three-game series.