MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State senior second baseman Mitch Widau (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) posted a bases-loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday afternoon to give the Cardinals a 7-6 victory over visiting Indiana Tech at Ball Diamond. The single was the second game-winning hit of the season for Widau who posted the clincher in the season opener against Dayton in the top of the ninth inning.
Ball State (5-19) opened the scoring quickly against right-hander Cam Wilson in the bottom of the first inning. Wilson hit two Cardinals' hitters in the inning before sophomore Cody Campbell (Muncie, Ind./Cowan) hit a two-run double off the center field wall. Freshman Brandon Estep (Selma, Ind./Wapahani) followed with a run-scoring single into right center field to give the Cardinals an early 3-0 lead.
Indiana Tech (20-15) struck for a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning against freshman right-hander Scott Baker (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester). The Warriors posted three hits in the inning, including a two-run single by Jake Owens to trim the Cardinals' lead to just one run at 3-2.
Ball State pushed its lead to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Junior center fielder Wes Winkle (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) ripped a one-out triple into the right center field gap before Widau lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to plate the run.
Indiana Tech battled back and tied the game in the top of the seventh inning against the BSU bullpen. The Warriors tied the game as catcher Ignatius McKenzie hit a two-run home run over the left field wall to knot the score at 4-4.
Ball State answered back in the bottom of the eighth inning against Kyle Nolen. Sean Godfrey (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) and Elbert Devarie (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) posted singles to put two aboard. After a fly ball moved a runner to third, Devarie stole second base with two outs two move both into scoring position. Winkle came through with the big hit as he lined a 1-0 pitch into right center field to give the Cardinals a 6-4 lead.
Indiana Tech tied the game in the top of the ninth inning as it led off with a single and a double to put two in scoring position. The Warriors plated the runs with a ground ball and a sacrifice fly to force extra innings.
The Cardinals closed out the game in the bottom of the 10th inning as Dominick Catanzarite (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) led off with a double. The Cardinals attempted to sacrifice bunt Catanzarite to third but he beat the Indiana Tech throw to the bag putting runners on the corners. After a line out, the Warriors intentionally walked Winkle to load the bases. Widau answered the call as he lined a 2-1 pitch over the left fielder's head for the game-winning hit scoring Catanzarite from third.
Junior right-hander Chris Marangon (Maple Valley, Wash./Edmunds CC) picked up his first career victory in relief working a scoreless 10th inning. Bake went a career-high 4.0 innings in his first career start allowing two runs on four hits as he was the first of six Cardinals' pitchers.
Ball State continues non-conference play Wednesday afternoon as it travels to Bloomington for a meeting with Big Ten foe Indiana. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.