Cardinals In The Crowd (October 8- 12)

Alec Runyan

Ball State Sports Link

Lexi Kansky – Field Hockey

Junior Lexi Kansky scored a game-winning goal last Friday in Ball State’s overtime win over Appalachian State. Kanksy’s goal came in the 65th minute and was the only goal scored in the match.

Defensively the Cardinals were stout along with goalkeeper Hannah Johnston. Coming away with 10 saves in her first shutout of the season.

Kansky has now scored two goals on the season, both coming in the last six games.

Ball State sits at 4-9 (2-2 MAC) on the year after suffering a loss to Northwestern on Sunday. The Cardinals now prepare for Bellarmine University this Friday, October 15.

Marie Plitt – Women’s Volleyball

The Ball State women’s volleyball is on a five match winning streak, their second longest winning streak of the season. The Cardinals (15-3, 5-1 MAC) currently stand just behind Western Michigan (13-5, 6-1 MAC) for the MAC West lead.

In BSU’s most recent victory, the Cardinals came back from a 1-2 deficit after the first three sets to beat Buffalo 3-2 on the road.

Junior Marie Plitt led the Cardinals with a season-high 18 kills at .429 attack percentage. Plitt also tallied two aces and four total blocks, coming up with multiple big plays in pivotal moments for Ball State.

“This was a great toughness win,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the match. “Buffalo played great defense and their attackers were relentless. We had to fight for every single point, as they wouldn’t let anything touch the floor.”

The Cardinals are set for a doubleheader against Northern Illinois this Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 3:00 p.m. inside Worthen Arena.

Both matches will be broadcasted by Sports Link on ESPN+.

Joey Ranieri – Men’s Golf

Senior golfer Joey Ranieri has now finished in the top-15 in all four of Ball State’s tournaments in the fall season, including two top five finishes.

Following University of Denver’s Paintbrush Invitational where Ranieri finished tied for fifth, the Cardinals returned to Indiana for the Purdue Invite.

Battling inclement weather and a very tough field, Ranieri shot a 216 in the 54-hole event for even par on the weekend.

Showing off some pretty insane consistency, Ranieri shot even par (72) in all three rounds, ending the tournament tied for 14th.

Ball State will head to the Dayton Flyer Invitational in Ohio beginning on Monday, October 18. This will be the Cardinals last tournament of the fall season before taking a few months off.

Drew Plitt – Football

After defeating Western Michigan 45-20 on the road last Saturday, the Ball State football team has now won two games in a row by double-digits. The Cardinals played arguably their best game of the season a week ago, beating the Broncos in Kalamazoo for the first time since 2013.

Ball State scored a season-high 45 points, led by quarterback Drew Plitt and his receiving core.  Plitt utilized all of his weapons against the Broncos making it nearly impossible to stop the Cardinals at any point.

Plitt would finish the day completing 15 of 25 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, both season-highs.

The super-senior also hit a career milestone on the first play from scrimmage when he found Jalen McCaughy running free for a 75-yard touchdown. The veteran quarterback has thrown many deep balls over the past several years but none further than 75 yards.

Ball State (3-3, 1-1 MAC) heads north again to take on Eastern Michigan (4-2, 1-1 MAC) this Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

Liz Kim – Women’s Golf

The Ball State women’s golf team travelled to Toledo for the Rocket Classic this past weekend. The tournament was a three-round event being played in two-days at a very difficult course in Catawba Island Club.

Competing in her home state of Ohio, graduate senior Liz Kim led the Cardinals once again. Kim finished tied for fifth with a score of 227 (+11) through three rounds.

During her first round, Kim made an eagle on a 335-yard par-4 and finished the round just one shot over par (73).

“The last two days we were led by Liz, who played solid and steady all tournament,” head coach Katherine Mowat explained. “She found herself in contention heading into the final round. While the winds picked up and her putts weren’t falling, she remained poised and had the title within reach. She and the rest of the team are ready to finish strong next week.”

Ball State will finish their fall season at the Ozarks National Invitational beginning Monday, October 18.