Cardinals In The Crowd (March 15)

ALEC RUNYAN / Ball State Sports Link

As the basketball season ends, baseball and softball take their final road trips south before beginning MAC play and more.

Here’s this week’s five “Cardinals In The Crowd”.


Faith Hensley – Softball

The Ball State softball team took its last trip south to Alabama before starting a long stretch of MAC games in its upcoming schedule.

Outfielder Faith Hensley went 5-for-11 from the batter’s box including three walks and a double in BSU’s five games last week against UAB, Southern Illinois and Samford.

Having only started three games before this season, the junior has stepped up into her new role and thrived so far.

Through 14 games started this season she’s hit for a .417 average, 15 hits, 12 RBIs, and three homeruns.

Ball State opens its home schedule next Friday, March 26 in a four-game series with Bowling Green including a double-header on Saturday.


Adam Tellier – Baseball

Despite the Cardinals dropping all three games to a very good Old Dominion team, freshman Adam Tellier dominated at the plate going 9-for-13 for a .692 average.

In Game 1 of the series, Tellier hit his first collegiate career double and triple leaving him just a home run shy of the cycle.

Tellier finished the weekend Sunday going a perfect 4-for-4 while bringing in the team’s only RBI in the 2-1 extra inning loss.

The Cardinals have made it through what was projected to be the hardest part of the schedule as they now prepare for their first home game of the season this Friday, March 19 against MAC opponent Western Michigan at 3 p.m.


Jarron Coleman – Basketball

Sophomore guard Jarron Coleman put up a new career-high in BSU’s final game of the season against conference regular season winner Toledo.

Coleman scored 33 points including the biggest shot of the game when he went the length of the floor and finished with a smooth reverse layup to tie the game as time expired in regulation.

Despite missing the first half of the season, the former MAC Freshman of the Year showed why he was just that a year ago upon his arrival halfway through this season.

Coleman finished the year averaging nearly 14 points a game while shooting 48% from the field and 43% from three-point range. He finished his sophomore campaign by scoring 20-or-more points in three of the last five games.


Oshlynn Brown – Basketball

The BSU women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end last week in the MAC Tournament, but not before Oshlynn Brown could set one more record.

Brown, the all-time leading rebounder in program history, become the single-game rebound leader as well.

In her final game as a Cardinal, Brown pulled down an astonishing 22 rebounds to go along with 12 points.

Brown also finished her final season off last week with being named to the All-MAC First Team for the second straight season.

The senior leaves Ball State as one of only two players to record over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds with 1,485 career points (eighth in school-history) and 1,106 rebounds.


Kaleb Jenness – Volleyball

After falling to Ohio State in a fifth set just over two weeks ago, the BSU men’s volleyball team took down OSU in Columbus last Thursday 3-2.

Outside Attacker, Kaleb Jenness led the Cardinal offense with a season-high 21 kills on 44 swings.

The junior Jenness who has been awarded with All-MIVA honors in his first two seasons, including a first-team selection last year, appears to be on his way back this season.

BSU travels to Illinois to take on conference opponent Quincy Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 both matches starting at 8 p.m.

Author: Alec Runyan