Alex Call, a junior outfielder for the Ball State Cardinals, attempts to hit the ball during the game against Bowling Green on April 23. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
Alex Call wins MAC Player of the Year
Junior right fielder Alex Call was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year after finishing at or near the top of the conference in most offensive categories.
Call, who walks up to the saxophone solo from the beginning of George Michael's "Careless Whisper," led the MAC with 24 doubles, six triples, a .667 slugging percentage and 67 runs.
He also finished tied for fifth in the NCAA in runs and tied for sixth in doubles.
Alex Call season statistics (rank)
Batting average — .358 (3rd MAC)
On-base percentage — .443 (4th MAC)
Slugging percentage — .667 (1st MAC)
Doubles — 24 (1st MAC, t-6th NCAA)
Triples — 6 (1st MAC)
Home runs — 13 (t-3rd MAC)
Runs — 67 (1st MAC, t-5th NCAA)
RBIs — 44 (7th MAC)
Stolen bases — 17 (4th MAC)
With a batting average of .358 and a .443 on-base percentage, Call finished the season in the top five in both categories. He also hit 13 home runs, tied for the third most in the MAC, and was fourth in the conference with 17 steals.
Call also earned First Team All-MAC honors, as did teammates Caleb Stayton, Jarett Rindfleisch and BJ Butler.
Earlier this month, Call was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team after graduating with a degree in entrepreneurial management in three years.
Call also made the MAC All-Defensive team. He only made two errors in 132 chances this season, good for a .985 fielding percentage.
Though Call has a year of eligibility remaining should he choose to return, it's a safe bet that he'll be paying attention to the Major League Baseball draft June 9-11. Sixteen of the last 17 MAC Players of the Year were drafted — the 17th, Ohio junior Mitch Longo, was ineligible for the draft when he won the award last year as a sophomore — with five going in the first round.