Cards Rally For 10-Inning Win Against Le Moyne Saturday
MUNCIE, Ind. - After a slow start Saturday, the Ball State baseball team got things going in the late innings to earn a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Le Moyne in extra innings at the Ball State Invitational.
Having trailed by as many as three runs during the game, the Cardinals knotted the score in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Justin Rogers singled home the winning run in the bottom of the tenth. Ball State (7-10) picked up its sixth win in nine games.
The Cardinals close out their invitational with a 2:30 p.m. contest Sunday against Bowling Green, which is 1-1 in the tournament after defeating Le Moyne Friday and losing to Evansville Saturday.
With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the tenth inning Saturday, Ball State used a two-out rally to score the winning run. Catcher Zach Dygert drew a walk, as did second baseman Jeremy Hazelbaker. Center fielder Wayne Bond then reached on an infield single to load the bases before Rogers stepped to the plate. The junior pulled a bouncing ground ball through the right side of the infield to bring Dygert home to score.
The run capped a comeback that started in the eighth inning. Trailing 5-3 through seven innings, Ball State scored one run in the eighth when Dygert reached on an error to score shortstop Eric Earnhart. The Cardinals then scored the tying run in the ninth inning on an RBI single from first baseman Matt Stoeklen. Stoeklen's single scored Bond, who led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Rogers sacrfice bunt.
Bond led the Cardinals with two hits on the day. Four other Ball State players recorded one hit each.
The Cardinals trailed by as many as three runs at 5-2, but an RBI walk from Dygert in the sixth inning brought Ball State within two.
Adam Quinn pitched the final two innings for Ball State, giving up just one hit, to earn the win. Richie Fralick threw three strong innings in middle relief, allowing one run - unearned - on two hits.
Stoeklen's RBI single in the eighth inning extended his hitting streak to eight games. Hazelbaker hit his second home run of the season to score Ball State's first run of the game in the third inning.