MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State senior shortstop T.J. Baumet (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Cardinals to a 2-1 victory over Indiana Tech Wednesday afternoon at Ball Diamond. The victory improves the Cardinals to 8-23 on the season while the loss drops the Warriors to 21-16 on the year.
Indiana Tech opened the scoring in the top of the fifth inning against redshirt freshman Kyle Raleigh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills). Reinaldo Scott got the Warriors going as he tripled into the right center field gap. Riley Muhlenkamp put Indiana Tech up 1-0 as he lifted a sacrifice fly to right field as Scott just beat the throw to the plate.
Indiana Tech threatened in the top of the eighth inning against right-hander Michael Sandman (Newark, Ohio/Utica). Brendan Sontag and Justin Medeiros got the inning going with back-to-back two outs singles before Gary King reached an a BSU field error. Sandman buckled down and got Taylor Hoisington to strike out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.
The Cardinals finally got to Indiana Tech right-hander Daniel Puckett in the bottom of the eighth inning. Sophomore team captain Blake Beemer (Dayton, Ohio/Northmont) came off the bench and smacked a pinch hit solo home run over the right field wall to tie the game at 1-1 with his first long ball of the season.
Sandman kept the Warriors off the board in the top of the ninth inning and freshman Sean Godfrey (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) led off the bottom of the ninth with a single up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt moved Godfrey to second, Indiana Tech intentionally walked Kenny Mahala (Highland, Ind./Andrean) to put the double play chance in play.
The Warriors got the second out of the inning with a strikeout but Puckett issued a walk to freshman Cody Campbell (Muncie, Ind./Cowan) that loaded the bases. Baumet came up for his first at-bat of the afternoon and was hit on the wrist with a 2-1 pitch to which scored Godfrey with the game-winning run.
Sandman (1-0) picked up his first career victory as he pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief while striking out four batters. Raleigh worked 5.0 strong innings in his first career start and was charged with one run on two hits while posting three strikeouts. Puckett (3-2) was charged with the loss as he allowed two runs on four hits while working all 8.2 innings.
Ball State returns to Mid-American Conference action this weekend as it travels to the Empire State for a three-game series with the Buffalo Bulls. First pitch Friday is set for 3 p.m.