Senior Hannah Davies goes for the ball in a MAC Championship doubles match against Toledo May 1 at Cardinal Creek Tennis Couts. Amber Pietz, DN

Cardinals drop first conference match, winning streak ends against Toledo

The tables have turned. The back-to-back Mid-American Conference (MAC) champions Ball State Cardinals (13-3, 2-1 MAC) have been used to having a target on their back over the past two seasons. However, after Sunday’s loss against the Toledo Rockets (12-3, 3-0 MAC), they’ll be doing the hunting instead of being the hunted from here on out.

Ball State players celebrate after fifth-year utility player Amelia Daniel hits a walk-off single to win the game in a game against Central Michigan March 26 at the Softball Field at First Merchant Ballpark Complex. Daniel's RBI in the game was the game winning run. Brayden Goins, DN

Ball State sweeps Central Michigan in first home series

In Ball State’s first home series of the 2023 campaign, the Cardinals were able to bring out the brooms as they swept Central Michigan. “There's something special about this team when we're playing at home,” head coach Lacy Schurr said. “You know, this is my third season [as Ball State head coach] and there's something about being at home. If we have strikes and outs left on the board, we're still in the game.”

Graduate student Danilo Kovacevic swinging through a shot. Ball State Athletics, photo courtesy

Cardinals drop road matchup against Buffalo

At the halfway point in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) season, Ball State men’s tennis (10-7, 2-3 MAC) is left with some work to do if they want to make the postseason conference tournament. After Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Bulls (6-6, 2-3 MAC), the Cardinals are tied with Buffalo for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament. 

Carol and Clarence Casazza sit in the stands before a game between Ball State and Belmont in the WNIT Tournament March 16 at Worthen Arena. Amber Pietz, DN

The ones who come back: Meet some of Ball State's longest season ticket holders

“As you come through the curtain, it's fun to come out and hear the roar of the crowd,” Casazza said. “It is kind of like being on the team, I guess it is how [the players] come out onto the floor with the crowd cheering for them. When we come down the hallway, they're not cheering for us, but you kind of get into the feeling of a big crowd and a lot of fans supporting the same team and that's kind of exciting.”

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Ball State earns first win of MAC campaign over Northern Illinois

After Ball State men’s tennis dropped their opening Mid-American Conference (MAC) matchup against Western Michigan Friday, head coach Bill Richards had one message for his team: “How you come back from a loss really defines you as a player, defines you as a coach, defines you as a team,” Richards said. Sunday, the Cardinals (9-6, 1-2 MAC) responded with a 5-2 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies (11-4, 3-1 MAC). Coming in, the team knew what was at stake after their 0-2 start. 

Redshirt Senior infielder Jazmyne Armendariz throws the ball to first base during a practice Feb. 14 at the Softball Filed at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. Zach Carter, DN

Cardinals split away series against Kent State

In the first game, the Cardinals fell 4-3 after the Golden Flashes hit a walk-off double. As a team, the Cardinals (11-12, 1-1 MAC) only had five hits. But the second game was a much different story as they launched a season high of 16 hits to win 15-9.  

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