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Ball State came into the new year ranked 39th on Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Preseason NCAA Division I Baseball Poll. After three losses this past weekend, having been outscored 29-4 by Georgia Southern in their first game in nine months, the Cardinals may not rank quite as high when the next poll comes out.
“Playing .800 ball in your league — nine out of 10 years, you're winning the championship. 20-5? I mean — amazing. That's all I could say.”
Noah Powell, Ball State’s starting shortstop the last two years, was brought in from Saint Joseph’s College on the other side of Indiana.
For most athletes, giving up might be one of the first things that comes to mind when a severe injury takes place. But for junior Jett McGowan, “the grind” is something he embraces dearly as he still continues to battle with a broken elbow.
One day after the 10 MLB playoff teams were finalized, Ball State Baseball got a better feel for what team it had ahead of the 2020 season with an 11-3 win over Butler in a 12-inning exhibition game.
He might have left for Arizona Friday night, but the Mid-American Championship 2019 Pitcher of the Year has yet another honor waiting for him in his coach’s office.
Despite the Saturday-morning win in a close game against the Huskies in extra innings, the Cardinals fell to the Chippewas later that evening.
Despite securing an early lead, the Cardinals failed to come back after a seventh-inning domination by Central Michigan.
The Ball State Cardinals (36-17, 20-5 MAC) defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies (19-34, 14-12 MAC) 10-4 in the Cardinals’ first game of the Mid-American Conference Baseball Championship Thursday at the Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio.
The Ball State Cardinals (36-17, 20-5 MAC) finished their regular season Saturday with a three-game win streak over the Toledo Rockets (17-36, 4-21 MAC) at the First Merchants Ballpark Complex.
Editor's note: The previous version of this story said that 16 teams were selected to go to each district's regional. This number should have been 32 teams. It has since been changed to the correct number.
The Ball State Cardinals (33-17, 17-5 MAC) swept the Ohio Bobcats (16-30, 10-13 MAC) at the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex this weekend in a series of three games which included the third no-hitter in school history.
The Ball State Cardinals (30-16, 14-5 MAC) and the Purdue Boilermakers (19-28, 7-10 Big 10) went head to head at Alexander Field in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The Ball State Cardinals (28-15, 12-4 MAC) won two of the three games against the Northern Illinois Huskies (14-29, 10-8 MAC) to put the Cardinals toward the top of the Mid-American Conference standings this past weekend at the Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb, Illinois.
Coming into the series finale Sunday between Ball State (28-15, 12-4 MAC) and Bowling Green (13-26, 6-12 MAC), all signs pointed toward a high-scoring, back-and-forth game.
Sophomore Drey Jameson’s 12 strikeouts helps Ball State Baseball (26-15, MAC 10-4) hand Bowling Green (13-24, MAC 6-10) its eighth loss in its last nine games.
“The kid has a great future in baseball.”
by Brandon Carson
With their last full-length album, The Dream Is Over, PUP (Pathetic Use of Potential) provided excellent punk tunes with catchy choruses and strong guitar riffs. Now they have done the exact same thing three years later. The songs on Morbid Stuff are engaging, exciting, and well worth the wait. Listeners will find diversity throughout the music, along with fun choruses and great punk riffs. If Morbid Stuff says anything about PUP, it’s that they show no signs of slowing down.
PUP’s sound remains the same but still fresh
Like most punk music, a lot of the songs on Morbid Stuff are short and simple, with a few exceptions, of course (I’m looking at you, “Scorpion Hill”). The songs have fun and fast riffs that are complemented by singer Stefan Babcock’s descriptive lyrics. The drums fantastically fuse with the guitars and vocals, creating an angsty bliss on tracks like, “Free At Last,” and “Kids.” But just like their last record, PUP crafts in the deep cuts of Morbid Stuff. “Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley” is a mathy anthem with one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard all year. It also contains fun lyrics, playing with the idea of the “Bloody Mary” game. “Full Blown Meltdown” is one of the heaviest cuts on the record and provides a great change of pace after “Sibling Rivalry.” But the biggest surprises are in “Scorpion Hill” and “City,” which contain softer moments and explore places that PUP hasn’t gone on their last two records. The main strength of this album is that the incredibly catchy hooks mix so well with the ferocious punk instrumentals, while the production remains just as good as their last LP.
The band’s performances are as strong as ever. The bass guitar packs a huge punch when paired with the loud and intense drums. Babcock’s voice is a great mix of yelling and almost nasal-sounding singing. The hardest part about writing this review is that there isn’t much to critique. Each song is as strong as the last and a joy to listen to, making the flow of the album fluid and steady.
Descriptive, engaging lyrics
One of PUP’s strengths as a band has always been their lyrics, and on Morbid Stuff it is no different. The lines, “And I’ve embraced the calamity/with an attachment and a passive disinterest/living out the back of my ’97 Camry/wondering how the hell I got myself into this” on the second track, “Kids,” let the listener know exactly what they’re getting into. From running into exes at the grocery store to mental health, Babcock writes about plenty of interesting topics in descriptive ways. A lot of the lyrics tell entertaining stories, with Babcock yelling in the listener’s ear, making sure they hear what he has to say. The witty lines are fun to pick out, as well as the meaningful ones. The best part about the lyrics is that they feel important, especially when backed up by the music.
Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley
Full Blown Meltdown
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