Ball State baseball’s T.J. Weir was named to the 2014 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, which is selected by the league’s faculty athletics representatives, while Ryan Spaulding earned honorable mention.
Weir, a graduate of Ball State, managed a 3.49 grade-point average on Ball State’s 4.0 scale as a finance major. He was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region Second Team as a senior and drafted in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres. Weir, who earned the win in his professional baseball debut with the Arizona Padres, ranked ninth in the nation with 117 strikeouts and 15th nationally with 16 games started on the mound for the Cardinals in 2014. He finished second in the MAC in strikeouts and tied for third in pitching victories (8), while ranking tied for third in games started and fourth with 99.2 innings pitched. Weir completed his senior season with an 8-2 pitching record and a 3.61 earned-run average.
Spaulding, a sophomore for the Cardinals in 2014, owns a 3.30 GPA as a human resource management major. He was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week after batting .500 in Ball State’s three-game sweep over Kent State last season. Spaulding batted .292 as Ball State’s regular second baseman in 2014. He ranked 44th in the nation with six sacrifice flies and fielded at a .966 percent pace. Spaulding ranked fifth for the Cardinals in batting average and ranked second for Ball State with 43 runs scored. He ranked third on the team with 13 doubles and second on the team with 92 total bases. Spaulding tied for second on the team with 10 multi-RBI games and fourth with 17 multi-hit contests.