Potent lineup powers Ball State past defending MAC Tournament champion Ohio. 

Baseball takes down Xavier, 5-4

In the top of the ninth inning, Ball State junior right-handed pitcher BJ Butler had runners on second and third with two outs, a one-run lead and Xavier University senior catcher Daniel Rizzie at the plate. Butler fell behind in the count, 2-0, but Rizzie popped the ball up to redshirt freshman third baseman Zach Milam for the final out of the Cardinals’ 5-4 win.



Alex Call, a junior outfielder for the Ball State Cardinals, attempts to hit the ball in the game against Ohio on April 1. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
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Alex Call named MAC West Player of the Week

Junior right fielder Alex Call hit a pair of three-run home runs, one in each of Ball State's (17-12, 4-2 MAC) wins over defending MAC tournament champion Ohio University (11-16, 2-4 MAC), earning his first Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week award of the season. In the last four games, Call hit .600 (12-20), scored 11 runs, recorded 10 RBIs, and hit three doubles, a triple and two home runs. On the season, Call has the highest batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in the MAC, slashing .421/.511/.702.



Ball State’s junior infielder Sean Kennedy congratulates junior infielder Alex Maloney on making it back to home base during the game against Dayton on March 18. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
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Ball State baseball loses to Ohio in 10 innings

Ball State baseball (15-12, 2-2 MAC) came back from a three-run deficit to force extra innings against Ohio University (11-14, 2-2 MAC), but six unearned runs in the top of the 10th inning cost the Cardinals in a 12-6 loss. Head coach Rich Maloney said Ohio simply played better in the game. "They won this game," he said.


Junior infielder for the Ball State Cardinals Alex Maloney attempts to hit the ball during the game against Dayton on March 18. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
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Ball State to host defending MAC champion Ohio

Ball State baseball (15-11, 2-1 MAC) will host Ohio University (10-14, 1-2 MAC) April 1-3 in a rematch of last year’s Mid-American Conference championship game. Last season, the Bobcats beat the Cardinals 6-2 to earn the MAC’s bid to the NCAA Regional tournament.



Ball State’s junior infielder Sean Kennedy hits the ball in the game against Dayton on March 19. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
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Cardinals top Valparaiso 3-2

Ball State baseball (15-11, 2-1 MAC) fell behind against Valparaiso (8-14, 4-2 Horizon League), but came back to win 3-2 on the road. Ball State trailed 2-0 in the top of the sixth when junior second baseman Sean Kennedy hit a two-run home run off Valparaiso right-handed pitcher Ellis Foreman to tie the game. Junior right fielder Alex Call led off the top of the seventh with a single to centerfield and then stole second.


Junior infielder for the Ball State Cardinals Alex Maloney attempts to hit the ball during the game against Dayton on March 18. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
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Plesac, Maloney win MAC Pitcher, Player of the Week

Two Ball State juniors swept this week's Mid-American Conference West Division Player and Pitcher of the Week awards. Right-handed pitcher Zach Plesac earned the Pitcher of the Week award after throwing a two-hit complete game shutout Saturday against a Miami (Ohio) squad that averaged 6.7 runs per game entering the series. Plesac (2-1, 3.03 ERA) racked up 11 strikeouts without giving up a walk in the 9-0 win. Alex Maloney, the Cardinals' starting shortstop, earned the Player of the Week award after hitting .438 with five runs scored.



Junior infielder for the Ball State Cardinals Alex Maloney attempts to hit the ball during the game against Dayton on March 18. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
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Ball State baseball erases 7-run deficit, beat Purdue 9-8

Ball State (12-10) baseball came back from a seven run deficit to beat in-state rival Purdue (4-13). In the bottom of the second inning, the Cardinals trailed 7-0 but came back to score all nine of its runs over the next three innings. In the second, Mid-American Conference player of the week and junior outfielder Matt Eppers doubled to right center to score junior shortstop Alex Maloney for the Cardinals first run of the game.


Matt Eppers, a junior outfielder for the Ball State Cardinals, rounds first base in the game against Dayton on March 18. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
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Eppers named MAC West Player of the Week

Junior center fielder Matt Eppers was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week after going 8-13 at the plate in a four-game series against Dayton this weekend. Eppers was a perfect 4-4 at the plate in Sunday's 3-1 loss. Head coach Rich Maloney said "it was one of the best games he's ever played." "I'm certainly happy for him and his star sure shined today," he said after the game. Eppers also scored the lone Cardinals' run in the game.







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