Fans sing and raise victory signs during the seventh-inning stretch during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
SPORTS

Who are Ball State students rooting for in the World Series?

With the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians facing off in the World Series, fans in Illinois and Ohio are full of excitement -- and Indiana is smack dab in the middle. Progressive Field in Cleveland stands about 280 miles Northeast of Ball State, while Chicago's Wrigley Field is about 240 miles Northwest.


The Chicago Cubs celebrate after a 5-0 series-clinching win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
OPINION

GENERALLY SPEAKING: Tears of joy, the Chicago Cubs and the World Series

I cried three times after the game. Twice Saturday night when I witnessed a 71-year-old World Series drought come to an end, and once more after I woke up the next morning realizing that it wasn’t a dream. Sitting by myself, I re-watched the final play of the National League Championship Series ­— a play that I, like so many other Chicago Cubs fans, will not soon forget. Six words from long-time Fox Sportscaster Joe Buck will resonate with fans after the Chicago Cubs knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game Six of the NLCS. "The Cubs have won the pennant."



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
SPORTS

Seven Cardinals named Academic All-MAC

Awards keep rolling in for Ball State baseball as seven Cardinals were named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team. Junior first baseman Caleb Stayton led the Cardinals both on the field and in the classroom.


Alex Call, Ball State’s junior outfielder runs to first base during the game against Bowling Green on April 23. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
SPORTS

Four Cardinals selected in MLB Draft

Four Cardinals were selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft this weekend. Junior right fielder Alex Call was taken in the third round by the Chicago White Sox, and junior catcher Jarett Rindfleisch was picked up by the Miami Marlins in the ninth round. Junior right-handed pitcher Zach Plesac was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 12th round and the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted sophomore right-handed pitcher/third baseman Colin Brockhouse.


Alex Call, Ball State’s junior outfielder runs to first base during the game against Bowling Green on April 23. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
SPORTS

Call named 1st team All-American

Junior right fielder Alex Call has another award to add to his résumé after he was named the Louisville Slugger All-American first team, announced by Collegiate Baseball June 2. 



Sophomore forward Shelby Merder looks for an open teammate during the game against Ohio on Jan. 24 at Worthen Arena. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY
SPORTS

MAC Medal of Excellence awarded to Alex Call, Shelby Merder

Each year, the Mid-American Conference awards two athletes, one male and one female, from the graduating classes of each of its member institutions the Medal of Excellence. This year, Ball State was represented by junior baseball player Alex Call and junior women's basketball player Shelby Merder.


SPORTS

Majority of student-athletes finish semester with 3.0 GPA or higher

Student-athletes have to find the balance between the field and the classroom, and this spring 273 of Ball State's 411 student-athletes had a semester GPA of 3.0 or better, according to a ballstatesports.com press release. One hundred fifty-two student-athletes also qualified for the Dean's List with a 3.5 or better GPA, and 37 posted a perfect 4.0.


The Ball State baseball team celebrates after their teammate, Roman Baisa, makes it safely to third base in the game against Bowling Green on April 23. DN PHOTO GRACE RAMEY
SPORTS

Cardinals knocked out of MAC Tournament

Ball State baseball (32-26, 15-9 MAC) finished on top of the Mid-American Conference West Division for the second time in three seasons, but was bounced from the MAC Tournament after dropping its first two games.







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