FOOTBALL: Reporter's notebook

Freshman Aaron Mershman has spent all season acting like Ball State University's third-string quarterback. He travels with the team and sends in the play calls from the sidelines.The Cardinals lost Kelly Page in the second quarter Saturday against Bowling Green State University with an injured thumb and he did not return to the sideline. However, coach Stan Parrish said Mershman would not have played Saturday if backup Tanner Justice had gone down in the second half.



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WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Cardinals lose in straight sets to Ohio

The Ball State University women's volleyball team walked into the Convocation Center with the deck stacked against them. Ohio University was ranked No. 24 in the RPI and had only dropped two sets in Mid-American Conference action all season. On top of that, it was Homecoming Weekend in Athens.


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FOOTBALL: Reporter's notebook

Sean Baker was determined to not let a broken hand slow him down.The safety suffered the injury during Ball State University's game at Army and finished the game anyway. He begged coach Stan Parrish to let him play the next week at Auburn University, but Parrish held him out. Baker was back the next week with a large protective cast on his right hand.


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WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Cards ready for weekend roadtrip

The first half of the Mid-American Conference schedule comes to a close Friday and Saturday evening for the Ball State University women's volleyball team (10-9, 3-3). The schedule comes to a close with perhaps the biggest challenge the Cardinals will face all season in the form of Ohio University (14-4, 6-0) who is 24th nationally in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).


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FIELD HOCKEY: Cardinals play host to Central Michigan

The weather is becoming harsher and so is Ball State University's schedule as it faces off against four Mid-American Conference teams in its five remaining games of the 2009 season.After a long week of practice in the cold, the team is confident to come out strong and play well against conference opponent Central Michigan University.



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MEN'S TENNIS: Cardinals look to open conference play on a good note

While most students will pack up and leave for their Spring Break destinations today, the Ball State University's men's tennis team will be hard at work. That's because the Cardinals will try to sweep a doubleheader against Chicago State University and Anderson University.



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TRACK AND FIELD: Cardinals get last shot to qualify for NCAA Championships

The last grain of sand in the hourglass will fall this weekend for the Ball State University track and field team to qualify for the NCAA provisionals. Before time runs out, the Cardinals will travel to South Bend for the Alex Wilson Invitational for their last attempt to make time requirements for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.


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WOMEN'S GOLF: Cardinals take motivation from last week into invitational

The Ball State University women's golf team will tee off in Rio Verde, Ariz., today in 20-team field. Northern Arizona University plays host to six Mid-American Conference teams along with three Big Ten teams. The Cardinals played in this same tournament almost exactly a year ago, finishing in a tie for ninth out of 18 teams.


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MAC Tournament: Reporter's Notebook Day 4

Freshman forward Jarrod Jones scored eight points in Ball State University's 64-52 loss to the University at Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Semifinals. It wasn't enough to propel the Cardinals into the finals, but Jones climbed to fourth place on Ball State's all-time freshman scoring list. With 28 points in two games in Cleveland, Jones finishes his first season with 346 points, moving ahead of Randy Boarden.



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SWIMMING AND DIVING: Lone Cardinal prepares for NCAA Zone Diving Championship

Lewellen Pool was fairly quiet this week except for the occasional splash from the diving well. Lisa Maertin is the only member of the Ball State University swimming and diving team still competing after qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship. It is the second time the junior diver has qualified for the event.


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BASEBALL: Ball State looks to knock off preseason top 25 team

Preseason rankings are often blown off by coaches as meaningless accolades. The Ball State University baseball team will get a firsthand look at why so many ignore preseason polls. The University of Missouri baseball team, the Cardinals' next opponent, began the season ranked No. 20 in the country. The Tigers have started the year 3-7, including a seven-game losing streak.Despite Missouri's struggles, coach Greg Beals said he expects a strong test for Ball State in its four-game series beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


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