04/01/2021 | 3 pm
MUNCIE, Ind. – Most of the balls that had a carry on Sunday went to the correct field.
The cold wind at the end of March howled in that direction, taking anything lifted this way much further than normal. Most of the big hits in the air had gone that way.
Not Noah Navarro’s.
When Ball State’s second baseman hit the plate with two outs and the score was low in ninth place, he did it the hard way.
Navarro hit a 1-0 offer from Cal McAninch through the wind and over the left midfield fence for his first home run of the season. It gave the Cardinals an 8-7 win for the day and a 3-1 win in the series.
It was Ball State’s second walk-off win in as many weekends (12-9, 6-2 MAC) as the Cardinals won a second straight series to open the MAC game.
Ryan Peltier continued a hot weekend, went 3 against 4 on the plate and drove in three runs. His two-RBI single gave Ball State a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and his two-RBI double in the sixth inning brought the game 5-0 after Toledo (4-17, 2-6 MAC) one goal had scored five unanswered.
“”Noah Navarro and Ryan Peltier had great weekends and really contributed to our offense, “said BSU head coach Rich Maloney said. “But the house runs by through the teeth of the wind Noah Navarro was special and something he will always remember for the rest of his life. It was a big win for our team. “
– Ball State Baseball (@BallStateBB) March 28, 2021
Adam Tellier and Trenton Quartermaine This was followed by Peltier’s sixth inning double with runscoring singles to bring the Cardinals back to the top. But Toledo responded two innings later with two runs in the eighth to tie it on the final frame.
Ty Johnson came out of the bullpen to throw a goalless tip of the ninth to set the stage. At the end of the ninth, Nick Powell lifted a ball to the center right that threatened to end it before it was caught on the wall. Navarro’s explosion two pitches later was never in doubt.
Tyler Ruetschle started on the hill for the BSU and worked the first four innings goalless before Toledo went on the offensive. The Cardinals also got a few clutch blows Tyler Schweitzer who came to relief with the bases loaded in the sixth to limit Toledo’s damage after scoring four runs to take the lead.
Ball State will take a break from non-conference play next week with a three-game streak against Butler. The Thursday and Sunday games will be played at the First Merchants Ballpark Complex, and Butler will host the Friday competition.
Due to the guidelines on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, general public participation in the First Merchants Ballpark Complex is not permitted this season.