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Baseball Set for Four Games in Lynchburg, Va

February 27, 2014
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BALL STATE SPORTS

This Week in Ball State Baseball
Fri. - vs. Rider (2-2) at Lynchburg, Va. (Noon)
Fri. - at Liberty (4-5) (3:00)
Sat. - vs. Rider at Lynchburg, Va. (4:00)
Sun. - at Liberty (Noon)

Ball State Probable Pitchers:
vs. Rider -- #7 T.J. Weir, RHP, Sr.
at Liberty -- #41 Scott Baker, RHP, Jr.
vs. Rider --  #20 Jacob Brewer, RHP, Jr.
at Liberty -- #33 Clay Manering, LHP, Sr.

Head Coach Rich Maloney (#2)
Career Record:  635-414-1 (19 Seasons)
Record at Ball State:  294-170-1 (9 Seasons)

Internet Radio -- www.ballstatesports.com -- Luke Martin (play-by-play)

GAME NOTES:

•  Ball State’s 6-2 start in 2014 is the best for the Cardinals since beginning the 1998 campaign with a 6-2 mark . . . Ball State started this season with a 3-0 mark, which was the best start to a season for the Cardinals since the 1985 campaign when they started the season with four straight wins.

•  Ball State was picked to finish first in the Mid-American Conference West Division in the league’s preseason poll, which is selected by the MAC’s 12 head coaches.

•  Ball State finished second in the MAC West Division last season and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament before being eliminated by Bowling Green.

•  Ball State head coach Rich Maloney is in his second season in his second stint as the Cardinals head coach.  Maloney was Ball State’s head coach from 1996-2002 and then returned to coach the Cardinals in 2013.  He enters the 2014 season tied for the 50th best winning percentage among active NCAA Division I coaches with a .604 mark.

•  The Cardinals’ improvement from a 14-36 record in 2012 to a 31-24 mark in 2013 marked the eighth best turnaround in the NCAA.

•  Scott Baker leads the Cardinals pitching staff after earning MAC Pitcher of the Year honors in 2013 and receiving the inaugural Gregg Olson Award as the nation’s comeback player of the year.


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