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

Ball State travels to Buffalo for 3-game series

Ball State baseball (25-17, 10-5 MAC) will play a road series at the University at Buffalo (12-24, 5-10 MAC) from April 29 to May 1. The Cardinals are currently on top of the Mid-American Conference West Division while the Bulls are tied for last in the MAC East. Buffalo carries a 5.00 ERA into the game and will face off against a Ball State lineup that scores 6.7 runs per game.

Ball State’s baseball team congratulates each other after winning the first game of a double-header against Dayton on March 18. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY

Ball State to host Northern Kentucky

Ball State baseball (24-17, 10-5 MAC) will play Northern Kentucky (15-26, 4-15 Horizon League) today at 3 p.m. The Cardinals hit .294 as a team, led by junior first baseman Caleb Stayton's .395 batting average.

Junior closer BJ Butler pitches against Western Michigan on April 10. Butler was named Mid-American Conference West Division Pitcher of the Week on April 18.

Ball State hosts Bowling Green State in MAC play

At the Ball State baseball game April 23, Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex will finally receive its official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Head coach Rich Maloney said he expects a crowded stadium for the event, which coincides with Ball State Athletics’ Spring Ball Saturday. “I suspect this will be the biggest crowd that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” he said.

Junior closer BJ Butler pitches against Western Michigan on April 10. Butler was named Mid-American Conference West Division Pitcher of the Week on April 18.

Butler named MAC West Pitcher of the Week

For the eighth week in a row, a Ball State baseball player earned Mid-American Conference honors. Right-handed closer BJ Butler earned the MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week award after winning two games in relief appearances against Central Michigan this weekend.

Junior Caleb Stayton waits for a pitch in Ball State's 5-4 home win Xavier on April 5. Stayton won his first MAC West Player of the Week award for his performance last week, as he finished 11-17 through four games. DN PHOTO STEPHANIE AMADOR

Ball State to play Purdue for the 2nd time this season

Ball State baseball (23-14, 9-3 MAC)  will head to West Lafayette to take on Purdue (5-27, 1-11 Big Ten) tonight at 6 p.m. In their last match up on March 22 in Muncie, the Cardinals erased a seven-run deficit in a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over the Boilermakers. Ball State carries a .298 team batting average into the game, the best average in the Mid-American Conference. Purdue, however, is last in the Big Ten with a .255 batting average.

Ball State baseball swept Western Michigan in its three-game series, outscoring the Broncos 41-6.

Ball State to play at Indiana University

Ball State baseball (21-12, 7-2 MAC) will take its Mid-American Conference-best offense to Bloomington April 13 when it takes on Indiana University (17-13, 4-2 Big Ten), which has the Big Ten's second-best pitching staff. In the National Collegiate Athletic Association RPI, the Cardinals ranked 118th, 49 spots ahead of the No. 167 Hoosiers.


Ball State alumnus Jeremy Hazelbaker off to hot start in MLB

In the last week, St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker has made his first Major League start, hit his first career home run and stolen his first career base. The Muncie native and Wapahini High School graduate is 10-19 at the plate so far this year with five runs scored, five RBIs, two doubles, a triple, two home runs and two stolen bases.

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