The cleats and gloves have been dusted off and broken in. The bats have resumed smacking into the round sphere with red laces.
After an offseason embedded with former players entering the Major League Baseball draft and coaches darting for other programs, Ball State is ready to take the field for the first time in 2011.
For first year coach Alex Marconi, the season begins today at 4 p.m. The Cardinals have arrived in Kennesaw, Ga. for a three-game weekend series with the Kennesaw State Owls.
Ball State is looking to jump out to a quick start this season after going 29-29 last in 2010.
Junior right-hander Cal Bowling will take the mound for Ball State in the season opener. Last season Bowling was 6-3 with a 5.97 ERA in 15 starts. Opponents teed off on Bowling last season, hitting .347 against him.
The Owls will call upon junior right-hander Josh Carr. Last season Carr was 3-2 with a gaudy 6.75 ERA through 14 starts.
Shortstop T.J. Baumet will be relied on to produce timely offense for the Cardinals. Baumet batted .337, hit nine homeruns and drove in 40 runs in 246 plate appearances a season ago.
Games 2 and 3 are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.