The Toledo baseball team dropped game two of its series against Ball State, losing 7-6 in walk-off fashion.
The Rockets took a 6-2 lead after a six-run fourth, but the Cardinals chipped away at the deficit until scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Midnight Blue and Gold. With runners at first and second, a chopper up the middle got through the Toledo infield and allowed the game-winning run to score.
Sophomore Zach Schwartzenberger had two hits and drove in two runs, while senior Brad Boss also tallied two RBIs. Sophomore Drew Compton and freshman Mark Mohnickey both drove in runs in the productive fourth inning for Toledo. Juniors Nate Haugh and Austin Calopietro, as well as sophomore Bryce Davis, all saw time on the mound on Friday.
Toledo and Ball State will wrap up this series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m., in what will be the final game of 2019 for the Rockets.
How it Happened
• RBI singles for Ball State in the second and third innings put the Rockets in a 2-0 hole after the first three frames.
• Toledo put up six runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-2 lead over the Cardinals. Schwartzenberger led off the inning with a home run, his third of the year. Compton provided the game-tying RBI and Mohnickey drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single. Boss added two runs with a base hit to right field, then Schwartzenberger tallied his second hit of the inning to make it 6-2.
• The Cardinals halved their deficit in the bottom of the fifth. A one-out, two-run home run to right field made the score 6-4.
• Another Ball State homer, this one a solo shot, made it a one-run ballgame in the sixth inning.
• Calopietro worked his way out of a couple precarious situations in the seventh and eighth. He entered the game in the bottom of the seventh with two men on base and two outs, but got the Cardinal hitter to strike out swinging. In the bottom of the eighth, BSU put a runner in scoring position, but Calopietro once again used a clutch strikeout to end the inning.
• Ball State started off the bottom of the ninth with a base hit, and the runner was then moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt. A single into left field brought in the tying run, and that batter later scored the winning run on a chopper up the middle that found the grass in center field.