BASEBALL: Cards knock off Seahawks 7-4
Ball State closer gets first save of season
For the third consecutive day Ball State University was unable to shut the door at the end of the game, but the Cardinals came back for the win Tuesday night.
Ball State (4-8) defeated the University of North Carolina-Wilmington 7-6 in 11 innings. The previous two days against No. 12 Coastal Carolina University, Ball State held leads late in the game, but ended up with a pair of losses.
Shortstop T.J. Baumet made sure that wouldn't happen against the Seahawks, driving in center fielder Wes Winkle for the winning run. Closer Aaron Hammons finished the game to earn his first save of the year, after battling injury throughout the first three weeks.
The Cardinals took a 6-2 lead in the ninth inning, but couldn't hold it. Reliever Seth Hobbs blew his second save of the year, but was able to keep the game tied in extra innings. Hobbs became the pitcher of record after Baumet's RBI and earned his second win of the year as well.
Baumet went 3-for-5 to lead Ball State. The only other Cardinal with multiple hits in the game was second baseman Mitch Widau, who had two.