One year after making the NCAA Finals, the Ball State men’s golf team opened 2014 with a victory.

Ball State’s No. 2-seeded team beat Eastern Michigan in the final round of the Mid-American Match Play tournament, 4-2.

Leading the way for the final leg of the play was the middle of the lineup.

Ball State’s No. 1 and No. 6 players lost their matchups to the No. 1-seeded Eastern Michigan, but Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 all came out victorious.

The lone senior on the team, Tyler Merkel, won his matchup over Eastern Michigan’s Brett White. Also winning for Ball State in the final round were junior McCormick Clouser, junior Zach Yinger and sophomore James Blackwell.

Last season, Ball State finished second in Mid-American Match Play.

Next for the Cardinals is the Tails Park Challenge on March 16 and March 17 at Naples, Fla.