Cardinals In The Crowd: April 11-17

By: Alec Runyan | Ball State Sports Link

Tyler Schweitzer – Baseball 

The Ball State baseball team hosted Akron for a four-game series over the weekend and took down the Zips for a 3-1 series victory. The Cardinals currently sit at second place in the conference with a 21-13 (15-3 MAC) record. 

Tyler Schweitzer got the nod for game one on Saturday and put on his most dominant performance of the season. Schweitzer threw for a career-high 12 strikeouts through seven innings, giving up just one walk and one run in Ball State’s 5-1 victory on his way to earning MAC Pitcher of the Week.

In his last two outings, Schweitzer has thrown for 13.2 innings while only giving up two extra base hits and three earned runs. The junior from Hamilton Southeastern leads the Cardinals in innings pitched (49.2) and strikeouts (64) on the year.

Ball State continues league play this week as they travel to Western Michigan Tuesday afternoon before a four-game series with Northern Illinois in Dekalb beginning on Friday. 

Karlie Zumbro – Track & Field

Ball State track and field hosted the We Fly Challenge at the Briner Sports Complex Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals honored eight seniors prior to the meet and proceeded to put on many impressive performances in front of its home crowd for the final time this season. 

Senior Karlie Zumbro showed off her versatility by picking up a victory both on the track and in the javelin throw. Prior to winning the 400-meter hurdles by nearly four seconds, Zumbro threw for a personal-best 37.95 meters in the javelin throw. 

The Cardinals outdoor season continues as they travel to Ohio State this Friday for the Jesse Owens Invitational. The meet will take place all day on Friday and Saturday. 

Kaleb Jenness – Volleyball

Post season play got underway for the Ball State men’s volleyball team Saturday night as the Cardinals hosted Quincy for the first round of the MIVA Tournament. The number one-seeded Cardinals dominated the Hawks by a final score of 3-0 while advancing to the semi-final match.  

2022 MIVA Player of the Year Kaleb Jenness led all players in both kills (16) and digs (6). Jenness has now totaled double-digit kills in 22 straight matches for the Cardinals, with a total of 368 on the season. 

Ball State will look to continue its historic season on Wednesday as the Cardinals host Lewis University for the semi-final match beginning at 7PM. 

Kaitlyn Matthews – Softball 

The Ball State softball team traveled to Toledo over the weekend and came away with a 2-1 series win. The Cardinals came up short on Friday but bounced back Saturday by sweeping the doubleheader. 

Sophomore Kaitlyn Matthews tallied a hit in every game for the Cardinals, going 5-for-9 at the plate in the three-game series. In game two on Saturday, Matthews hit her first collegiate home run in the top of the third inning on a solo shot. She would finish the game 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a stolen base. 

The Cardinals return to action this Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon as they host Western Michigan. Tuesday’s game will begin at 3PM followed by a doubleheader Wednesday beginning at 1PM. 

Amy Kaplan – Tennis 

The Ball State women’s tennis team improved to 16-3 (7-1 MAC) on the season with its 4-3 win at Western Michigan. After going down 3-1 with just three matches left in play, the Cardinals were able to rally back and win a pair of third sets to clinch the win. 

Junior Amy Kaplan clinched the winning point for the Cardinals (6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (10-4) while also improving her record singles record to 15-2 on the year. 

The Cardinals will look to finish the regular season strong as they play the final two matches of the regular season this weekend. On Friday, the Cardinals will travel to Northern Illinois before hosting Eastern Michigan Sunday at 1PM.

Author: Alec Runyan