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Baseball Sweeps MAC West Weekly Awards


In addition to sweeping its three game series at Eastern Michigan last Friday through Sunday, the Ball State baseball team has swept the Mid-American Conference West Division weekly awards.

Wes Winkle was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week, while T.J. Weir was recognized as the MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week.

A senior from Muncie, Ind., Winkle helped Ball State to a three game series sweep at Eastern Michigan, which marked the first time the Eagles had been swept in a three game series since the 2010 season.  Winkle batted .353 in 17 at-bats.  He managed one home run, six runs-batted-in and nine total bases in the three games.  Winkle weekend’s performance was highlighted by a 5-for-7 performance in Ball State’s 12-inning 10-6 win on Friday.

Weir, a junior from Kokomo, Ind., tallied a 1-0 record with one save in Ball State’s three game series sweep of the Eagles.  Weir made two appearances, pitched 6.1 innings and allowed only two hits and no runs, while striking out 11 and walking only one.  Weir was credited with the win in the series finale – a 4-1 win by the Cardinals.  Weir went the final 4.1 innings, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out seven to earn the victory and improve to 3-2 on the season.  He was credited with a save in the second game of the series – a Ball State 6-4 win on Saturday.  Weir pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing no hits and striking out four.

Ball State's baseball team stands second in the MAC West Division with an 11-10 conference mark.  The Cardinals will play at Bowling Green in a non-league game Tuesday and host Purdue Wednesday before hosting Toledo in a MAC three game series Friday through Sunday at Ball Diamond.

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