Steven Williams

Poor defense cost Ball State (11-31, 6-14) three runs against Western Michigan (19-24, 9-10) on Saturday. It was all the Broncos needed in its 3-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Four errors spoiled an excellent start by junior right-hander Chris Marangon (1-6), who went 7 2/3 innings and allowed six hits while striking out three.

After Western Michigan scored an unearned run in the second inning, Ball State retaliated with a run of their own after a bunt RBI single by freshman shortstop Elbert Devarie.

Ball State took the lead in the fourth inning when junior outfielder Blake Beemer advanced to second on a groundout after a leadoff single. Sophomore catcher Mitch Overley followed with a single to drive Beemer in for the 2-1 lead.

Ball State fell apart in the seventh, committing three errors to give up the 3-2 lead.

The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the seventh with runners at first and third with one out but failed to score after a costly strikeout. 

The series wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday and will be the last home game of the regular season.