Cardinals In The Crowd (April 5)

BY ALEC RUNYAN / Ball State Sports Link

Ball State Athletics continued to roll over the weekend as teams also extended impressive win streaks. Here’s this week’s “Cardinals In The Crowd.”

Felix Egharevba – Volleyball

BSU men’s volleyball was on the road this past weekend at #10 ranked McKendree.

After dropping the first match Friday, the Cardinals came back on Saturday to finish the regular season with a win.

Junior middle attacker Felix Egharevba had a school-record in both blocks (16) and block assists (14) in Saturday’s win. Egharevba and the Cardinals were able to make things difficult for McKendree’s offense all afternoon holding them to just a .138 attack percentage.

After the win, BSU secured the four seed for the MIVA tournament and will now host 5 seed Ohio State Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

Chris Adams – Tennis

The BSU men’s tennis team continues their dominant season while picking up two MAC wins in New York last week to improve to 14-3.

Senior Chris Adams found himself down heading into the second set of both matches over the weekend but managed to come back in both matches and win in a pair of third set tiebreakers.

BSU looks to continue their strong MAC play on the road against Toledo this Saturday April, 2 starting at 2 p.m.

Kennedy Bates – Track

BSU track and field had a solid weekend at the Louisville Invitational, finishing the two-day meet with five personal records with just over a month until MAC Championships.

One of those PRs came from hurdler Kennedy Bates, finishing in first place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.84.

Bates also showed a strong performance in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.10 just .07 seconds behind the first place finisher from DePaul.

BSU takes some time off before returning to competition at Vanderbilt’s Black & Gold Invitational April 16-17.

Janae Hogg – Softball          

Ball State softball extended their winning streak to eight over the weekend with a series sweep on the road at Central Michigan.

Senior first basemen Janae Hogg had four hits and eight RBIs, including a pair of homeruns through the four-game series.

Hogg has now hit 40 career home runs at Ball State, moving her up the leaderboard to second on the all-time school list.

BSU returns home for a four-game series with Kent State starting 3 p.m. on Friday, followed by a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, and a series finale Sunday at noon.

Joey Ranieri – Golf

The Ball State men’s golf team started their week in South Alabama and finished it off a seven days later in Bloomington for the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational.

Junior Joey Ranieri finished in the top 25 at both tournaments, including 15th at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational where Ranieri posted scores of 78, 74, and 73 in the three-day event.

Ranieri and BSU have a busy month ahead of them competing every weekend of April.

The Cardinals head to Purdue for the Boilermaker Invitational Saturday, April 10 through Sunday, April 11.