MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State baseball team scored eight runs over the sixth and seventh innings Tuesday on the way to 13-8 victory over Indiana Tech at Ball Diamond.
The Cardinals won for the ninth time in the past 10 games to improve to 19-9 on the season. Indiana Tech dropped to 13-12-1 with the loss.
Freshman first baseman Caleb Stayton homered and reached safely in all five of his plate appearances for Ball State. Freshman shortstop Alex Maloney reached base four times and logged a sacrifice fly in his only other at at-bat. Both players finished with three RBI to lead the Ball State offensive attack.
Sam Tidaback, who also reached base all five times he batted, and Alex Call added two RBI each for the Cardinals on a great day for offense. The wind was gusting to more than 25 miles per hour and blowing out to right field.
Ball State trailed a back-and-forth game by a 6-5 score through five and a half innings, but the Cardinals exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to grab the lead for good. They sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning with eight of them reaching safely.
Kyle Raleigh drew a bases-loaded walk to even the score. Brandon Estep then grounded into a double play that allowed the go-ahead run to cross. Ball State did the rest of its damage in the inning with two outs, scoring one run on a Maloney single and two more on a double from Call.
Indiana Tech pushed two runs across in the top of the seventh to cut the Ball State lead to 10-8, but the Cardinals responded with three more in the bottom of the inning to provide some insurance. Ball State put runners on second and third before scoring a run on an Indiana Tech error. The Cardinals then added runs on Maloney’s sac fly and a triple from Tidaback.
Raleigh, who started the game in left field, was the Ball State pitcher at the time the Cardinals grabbed the lead, and he earned the win. Nestor Bautista started on the mound and was one of five Ball State pitchers to see work on the day. Maloney came in from his shortstop position to pitch two scoreless innings to close out the game.
Indiana Tech reliever TJ Lutz surrendered the decisive runs and was charged with the loss. The Warriors also used a total of five pitchers. Both pitching staffs struggled with control at times, combining to walk 11 batters and hit eight.
Romer Portes led Indiana Tech offensively, going 3 for 4 and driving in four runs. He homered twice in the game, once from each side of the plate. Derek Morgan had a pair of hits and drove in two runs for the Warriors.
Tuesday’s game was added to the schedule just a day earlier after Ball State had two games last week called off because of weather. The Cardinals will venture to Northern Kentucky for a 3 p.m. first pitch Wednesday and then return to Muncie to host Eastern Michigan this weekend for a three-game Mid-American Conference series.