Redshirt junior catcher Chase Sebby rushed out of class and arrived at Ball Diamond at First Merchant’s Ballpark Complex about 30 minutes before first pitch. He didn’t even have time to take pregame batting practice.
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After getting rained out Saturday and snowed out Sunday, Ball State (18-9, 4-0 MAC) woke up Monday to some better news. According to the Collegiate Baseball Division I poll, the Cardinals were ranked 28th in the nation, and they showed why in their 12-5 win over Indiana Kokomo (24-10, 12-3 RSC).
It took 13 innings, but Ball State (17-9, 4-0 MAC) walked away from Friday’s contest with Kent State (10-14, 1-3 MAC) with a 9-8 win, bringing the Cardinals’ win streak to eight games.
Ball State head baseball coach Rich Maloney has an autographed ball in a glass case. Not a baseball, but a basketball. It was a gift from a friend. That friend is John Beilein, head basketball coach at the University of Michigan.
“Anything you can do” seemed to be what Ball State (16-9, 3-0 MAC) was humming in a 14-8 win against Valparaiso (5-16, 0-0 Valley) Wednesday.
In his second at-bat of the bottom of the ninth inning, Blake Dunn doubled home Western Michigan’s (6-16, 0-3 MAC) 15th run of the game and its eighth of the inning. The only problem was Ball State (15-9, 3-0 MAC) scored 20.
Three times in the first four innings senior John Ricotta came up to bat with two outs and runners on base. Three times he came through with an RBI hit.
With wind gusts blowing upwards of 15 mph to right field, Friday was not an ideal day for pitchers as Ball State (13-9, 1-0 MAC) and Western Michigan (6-14, 0-1 MAC) squared off. Each team connected for a pair of home runs, and the Cardinals wound up on top, 8-5.
Ball State (13-9, 0-0 MAC) walked it off Wednesday after facing an 11-8 deficit in the ninth inning against Purdue Fort Wayne (4-15).
You might as well paint flames on Ross Messina’s bat at this point because in Ball State’s last 11 games, he’s been on fire. The junior transfer out of Seminole State College has batted .422 over that span with five multi-hit games and 12 RBIs.
Down 2-5 going into the ninth inning, the Cardinals rallied to scored two and strand a third with only one out left. The Cardinals were unable to complete the last-ditch comeback with the tying run only 90 feet from home plate.
First pitch: home run.
Maloney’s milestone, “outstanding” pitching, breakout hitting headline Ball State Baseball’s spring break
South Carolina and Florida are hot spots when spring break comes around. That’s exactly where members of Ball State Baseball were the last two weeks, but they weren’t vacationing. They were playing ball.
It may not seem like it with temperatures in Muncie still dipping into the 20s, but Ball State’s spring break is here, and with spring comes baseball. The Cardinals already have seven games under their belt, and they’re making stops in South Carolina and Florida before coming back home after break. As their next game approaches, here’s a few things to keep in mind.
Baseball takes 1 of 3 in Tuscaloosa
Ball State kicked off the season at the Grand Canyon University Classic in Tempe, Arizona, last weekend. While the Cardinals’ 1-3 showing wasn’t ideal, head coach Rich Maloney said their record could have just as easily been reversed.
Seven frames cover the east wall of head coach Rich Maloney’s office in the Ball State Student Recreation and Wellness Center. They represent the start of something big.
Editor's note: In honor of the university's centennial year, The Daily News is counting down 100 days to the university's celebration Sept. 6 with 100 of Ball State's most famous traditions and figures. Check back each day to read about Cardinal history.