Matt Eppers, a junior outfielder for the Ball State Cardinals, rounds first base in the game against Dayton on March 18. Grace Ramey // DN File
Ball State baseball players win Pitcher, Hitter of the Week honors
Ball State baseball players Colin Brockhouse and Matt Eppers were recognized by the Mid-American Conference for their performances last weekend.
Brockhouse, a junior right-handed pitcher, was named MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week after being credited with the win against then-No. 22 Maryland Friday. In 4.1 innings, he struck out eight batters without giving up a run.
"He showed his true colors and was a star," head coach Rich Maloney said this weekend. "He was one of the true stars of this tournament, barring none. That outing was so impressive, I don't know that anyone else had a more impressive outing this weekend. ... That was his best outing thus far as a Cardinal."
Colin Brockhouse, MAC West Pitcher of the Week
4.1 innings, 8 K, 2 BB, 1 hit, 1 win
Matt Eppers, MAC West Hitter of the Week
3-9, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 runs, 3 RBI
Brockhouse was originally slated to start Sunday's game agains Louisville, but he entered Friday's game against Maryland with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth. Brockhouse struck out Maryland batter Kevin Biondic to end the inning.
"I felt like it was very important that if we had a chance to win, whatever game we were in, to make sure we did that," Maloney said.
Eppers, a senior centerfielder, was named MAC West Division Hitter of the Week after hitting 3-9 with a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored.
Eppers' extra-base hits were keys in the Cardinals' two wins, too. On Friday, he hit a two-out, two-run double in the top of the sixth to give Ball State a 5-3 lead.
In the Cardinals' 3-2 win over Alabama State Saturday, Eppers hit an RBI triple in the top of the third to tie the game 1-1, then scored the go-ahead run on a safety squeeze from sophomore left fielder Roman Baisa.
Ball State is back in action this weekend in the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, South Carolina. The Cardinals take on defending national champion Coastal Carolina at 4 p.m. Friday.